Dear Chump Lady, He won’t admit to cheating

Dear Chump Lady,

I am almost a year out from DD. My ex and I are still going through divorce and I thought I was pretty well on the road to healing and even getting close to “meh”. However the divorce has gotten heated over financials and it has started to bring back flashbacks of the lies and all the horrible ways he treated me back then. My problem is, he never admitted to cheating and convinced all his family that I am crazy and he just wanted to get away from me.

I never had any physical proof other than one 40-minute phone call and circumstantial evidence. He started lying about his whereabouts, which I caught him on from our credit card bill, started stockpiling on breath mints (his car was loaded and found them in every pocket), came home and would go straight upstairs and change, wash his face, etc. One day I even found spots of wet semen in his underwear that he took off right after coming home. He gave me four different excuses on four different days for that. He also deleted three months off our phone call shared log and refused to let me look at his phone saying I was invading his personal privacy. There is more but you get the picture.

My biggest problem with moving on is he never admitted to cheating, yet just decided he wanted out of the marriage because I was snooping too much. Didn’t care that he was breaking up our family (we have twin boys) and refused to go to therapy. My gut knows he was cheating but he still claims he was innocent and shows no remorse. Now his mom won’t talk to me either because apparently I made this all up even though I told her everything I knew.

How do I move on without an admission to the obvious? I am stuck on this. I feel like I will never be able to fully get past this until he admits I was not crazy and he was having an affair.

Thanks,

Crazy Lady

Dear Crazy Lady,

Don’t predicate your healing on what your ex does or does not do. He’s not going to admit to cheating. He’s not going to apologize. He’s not going to change his character-assassinating narrative that This Is All Your Fault. Why would he? The story of cruel Crazy Lady and her Ridiculous Trust Issues is much more palatable to him (and some others) than the reality of I Am a Shady Fuck Who Abandoned His Family.

But! But! He cheated! Why won’t he admit it?

Because it’s inconvenient for him. First of all, you’re arguing over money in your divorce. Do you live in a fault state? Is there a chance you might get a sympathetic judge? He needs his innocence schtick. You seem to think there is some value to facts over fiction, that reality trumps his self-serving hogswallop. You’re failing to look at this through the lens of the disordered — “truth” is situational. Whatever story helps him get what he wants is the “truth.” People might look upon him differently if they knew the facts, so he changes his “truth” to match his agenda.

Trust me, if people were handing out medals for abandoning children and fucking around? He’d be right there claiming his prize. That’s why the “truth” changes depending on the audience. If the audience is a fuck buddy? That’s one truth. If it’s his mother, that’s another. If it’s you? Story changes again.

Don’t try and understand this shit. Just recognize that these shape-shifting amoral fuckwits exist, so you don’t get broadsided. I’m sure if you told big, whopping lies all day you’d break into a sweat and grind your teeth at night, and suffer all sorts of guilt. Not the disordered. There’s no empathy chip there, there’s just pure unbridled self-interest, so it doesn’t faze them.

When you expect disordered people to live by the norms of rational, caring humankind — you’re going to be bitterly disappointed. The best you’ll get (and only if there is a boot on their necks) is feigned half-hearted “understanding” of the Mistakes Were Made variety. So let this unicorn of closure go.

I feel like I will never be able to fully get past this until he admits I was not crazy and he was having an affair.

You are not crazy. He was having an affair. You WILL get past this just fine. Hold on to your integrity and your grip on reality. You know what you saw. If he were innocent? This is not how loving people behave. Someone who cares would go to great pains to make you feel secure. They would be transparent. It would hurt them to hurt you (aka: empathy). You had none of that.

Let the fuckwit think and feel and spout whatever nonsense he wants. You don’t control that. You just control you. (How many times do I say that a week? I should start an odometer or something…) Focus on building a new life free of his mindfuckery. Get some distance. Point and laugh at his delusions. Never give those delusions the power to stop your progress. (HE MUST ADMIT HIS VILLAINY!)

Trust that he sucks.

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QueenMother
QueenMother
6 years ago

Thank you so much for this article — it says the things I need to hear. This is what James Bond did to his sweet wife!!!

Leavingthecrapbehind
Leavingthecrapbehind
6 years ago
Reply to  QueenMother

I don’t think you are crazy at all!

I found my cheater on “Naughty Date” (and other cheater sites) parading around in his birthday suit- begging for sex from women half his age (and younger). Even before that…my spider senses were tingling off the charts. Cheaters are not so slick. There is always a foul, dark cloud swirling around them. You can’t touch it…see it or smell it- but you know it’s there.

Trust your instincts…ignore the cheater’s BS.

Rebecca
Rebecca
6 years ago
Reply to  QueenMother

Many cheaters will NEVER admit to cheating
I’m sorry.
It is infuriating, frustrating and horrible.
You know the truth…those credit. And statements, the circumstantial evidence and your gut don’t lie.

The first step is to try and accept that you gave your life to a cheater. This takes time, lots and lots of time – and then even more time! You may never get there. I still cannot fully understand the how and why, but I do not care at all. It is a fact and it doesn’t matter.

I know every Chump wants to believe they have achieved meh.
It is a great goal but it isn’t that easy.
I believe that if you “think” you have gotten there, you haven’t. You will know when you are there; it cannot just be achieved or rushed. It will just happen and you won’t have any doubts when you get there. And it is worth the wait.

It is my personal belief that the divorce process has to be finished. When you get that final declaration from a judge or in the mail, it isn’t easy. THEN the healing starts.

Focus everything you have on digging and searching so you get the best deal for yourself. At the end of the day, that is the most important thing you can do right now.

Then work on accepting what you know is true. If you can accept that the cheating happened (not understand why) that is a good first step.

Baby steps with no pressure to get anywhere at any time. You will! And that is something you can count on.

ChocLemonGelato
ChocLemonGelato
6 years ago

Same here Crazy Lady. Same, same. Name it. To yourself. He cheated. He is a cheat. And what did you do next?

Change the narrative in your mind. He won’t own up to anything. Ever. He doesn’t need to. You call it. You name it, and then process.

I’m nearly three years out, and I’m still battling his (ex) non-committal approach to communication about kids and money “I’ve got places to be and things to do.” was his excuse for dropping the kids off and running last Sunday. No worries mate. It was a chore like getting a tank of petrol.

My point is exactly what you already know. Own your own actions because you are in control. Of you. Your integrity, your actions and your forward steps for your kids. People you know who’ve never experienced it won’t truly get it. That’s what I find myself struggling with sometimes.

left him at the airport
left him at the airport
6 years ago

EXACTLY!! You already know, Crazy Lady, so you don’t need him to confess it. BUT…I contradict myself. I know EXACTLY where you are at, because this was me for about 18months. I know EXACTLY how you are feeling. It drove me BONKERS. I had to have counselling to get through it. Because I started doubting myself and my evidence. Please don’t you do this to yourself!!! He cheated, I guarantee it. From what you’ve said, he’s guilty!! He just doesn’t want to f**k up his lovely (false) image. So it’s easier to paint you as the mad woman who has ‘done him wrong’. I’ve been there, done that. And everybody kept saying to me “why do you have to hear a confession from him?! You already know!!” But I did need to hear it. I know how you feel – because this was me. I felt “stuck”. Almost like I couldn’t move on and lay it all to rest until I had him confess. It’s was truly awful.

I left my cheater without him knowing, hence my call name – we were living overseas, the kids and I went on “holidays” back home, but really I was leaving him at the airport, never to return. He didn’t know that I knew about his cheating. I went home, lawyered up and served him papers from an ocean away. He was floored. Had no idea at all that I knew about his mistress. Then he DENIED it even after I had ALL the incriminating evidence. Just flatly DENIED. Called me crazy. Accused me of having a boyfriend, and that’s why I left him (oh puh-lease). Told his whole family I was a controlling bitch who just “couldn’t get my way” and so I left. With the kids. And poor him. Everybody felt sorry for him. Even a friend of mine who said I “didn’t try hard enough to understand him”. Yeah – I cut that ‘friend’ loose, buh-bye Switzerland!

He denied it all for a long time, maybe more than 18months. Then last month I forced a confession out of him. I was in a good position to though. So I was lucky. I have been awarded custody of the kids and there is a Federal Police border watch in place to prevent him from taking them out of the country, should he come here and try to take them. The only way he can visit them is to come to my country, where the kids and I are living (which, but the way, is not his country). He has to have supervised visits, and he has to pay for it. It’s damn expensive and he only gets a few hours with them. He asked for more access to the kids. I said no, because I couldn’t trust him. The courts were on my side. I told him things would stay the same (expensive supervised visits) since I couldn’t trust him because he continued to deny my reality and wouldn’t speak the truth about what he did. He finally cracked, and confessed. And it was a huge relief for me. Yeah, I know, I shouldn’t have played dirty. But WTH, he played me for so long, I didn’t care any longer. Also, I shouldn’t have needed to hear it from him to make me feel better. But, I did. It was driving me absolutely INSANE. So, really, I understand what you are going through. But I know now, my instincts were right. So I’m telling you, trust those instincts. Let him play his pathetic game of badmouthing you and keeping people on his side. One day they will know the truth and they will feel like total assholes. Just take the high ground, focus on your kids and make their lives as lovely as possible. Take support from your family and close friends. Get some counselling to help you work through it. Let him play his game. He’s so sad, he needs to uphold his fake image of “the good guy that has been wronged by you”. These types are all about maintaining their plastic images. Let him. You know the truth. Trust yourself. I know this may sound hypocritical of me to be saying this, when I myself couldn’t let it go without a confession from him. But I see now that I didn’t need to hear it. I already knew, as do you. So trust yourself. Because you may never get a confession out of him. My mother swore he would take it to the grave, that he would NEVER confess. I think she was right – but I was lucky enough to be in a position that I could force it out of him. His business had just gone bust, the kids didn’t want to see him, and he was missing them. I never kept them away from him, but the supervised visits were killing him. He hit the lowest of lows, and I had him by the short and curlies. He had nowhere to run. The f*cker.

I know I’m saying all this now, in hindsight. I too was like you, it was driving me f-ing nuts. But the confession didn’t tell me anything new/that I didn’t already know. The funny thing about it all?…he thought he still had a chance to “win” the kids and I back! Bahahahahaha, no chance motherf*cker!! You made your bed – get back on the plane and go lay in it. With your 24-year-old mistress. The kids and I will continue one with our wonderful new life without you. Toodles!

Focus on the kids and yourself. Let him run his game. It’s all he’s got. These types are lazy – one day he’ll really f*ck up. By then, you would have long moved on. Power to you! Believe what you KNOW. You know it all already. His confession isn’t going to tell you anything new. You did the right thing by tossing this junk away.

(((Hugs)))

QueenMother
QueenMother
6 years ago

You did not play dirty!!

left him at the airport
left him at the airport
6 years ago
Reply to  QueenMother

Thank you QueenMother. It felt dirty, because it wasn’t really my style. But I had to adapt a bit to deal with him and his crap. Did what I had to without going overboard. Thank god it’s over.

Beth
Beth
6 years ago

Oh hell no girl, you didn’t play dirty! You played to win and winning means a healthy, normal life for you and your kids. That is NOT playing dirty by any means. You are mighty!

left him at the airport
left him at the airport
6 years ago
Reply to  Beth

Thanks Beth. I did feel like I was “playing dirty” because it was totally out of character for me to do what I did. I’m. It like that usually. But he fucked up our lives and I was LIVID!! Was seeing red. And you don’t upset mother hen. I didn’t whatever I did to protect my chicks. He didn’t stand a chance, the loser

left him at the airport
left him at the airport
6 years ago

* I’m NOT like that usually

saw
saw
6 years ago
Reply to  Beth

The cheater plays dirty not the chump. The chump becomes mighty during and after the divorce.

left him at the airport
left him at the airport
6 years ago

Whoops! Apologies for that super looong reply xx

WhereisMia
WhereisMia
6 years ago

Great reply LHATA however I have found that the need for the fuckers to confess is our need to be validated … Victims of crime can truly begin their healing once they are validated … And this is what our court systems attempts (woefully) to achieve justice for some. This is where a good psychiatrist/psychologist/counsellor can help in getting you to a place where you feel “heard” and BELIEVED re the mondfuck that is cheatersville.
My rage is more centred on why the FUCK this deceitful behaviour this not part of our legal system and why we chumps have no real legal recourse against these MONSTERS parading as regular human beings !!!

left him at the airport
left him at the airport
6 years ago
Reply to  WhereisMia

Yassss!! Totally agree. VALIDATED! This is how I felt, that I needed his confession to move on and get past it. Yes, I don’t know why the legal system doesn’t see us as victims of crime. It is a crime!! It’s FRAUD!! He was a fraud. Sold me a dodgy product that was faulty (his word). And risked my health (gave me an STD, that was thankfully treatable). They need to change the legal system.

Freenow
Freenow
6 years ago

LH@TA,

Thank you for sharing your story of mightiness. You did not play dirty. You were fighting for you and your kids and getting away from a fuckwit!

He didn’t give you and your children a second thought when his giving into impulses and desires with a 24 year old cum bucket.

There’s a time for empathy and playing fair; this wasn’t the time. He is serving the consequences of his choices and actions. Poor sad sausage now.

I admire your courage and mightiness!

left him at the airport
left him at the airport
6 years ago
Reply to  Freenow

Thank you Freenow. I was very lucky though – I had a handful of really awesome kick ass people in my corner that helped me through a lot. Also have a strong mother who had my back. When I look back now, he didn’t stand a chance! Mwahahaha! He got his just desserts. He played me for a fool for a long time. But in the end, guess who was the fool? He had no idea that I knew about his cheating. Even now he is scratching his head, because I never told him HOW I found out. And I was very careful about what I said to him so as to not incriminate my information source. He’s so daft – it was one of his staff members. He still has NO IDEA, even now. Stupid is as stupid does ??

Raviana
Raviana
5 years ago

Love this …I’m going through the same shenanigans…my soon to be ex has been living life ….i found a picture of him kissing another woman and he says it was years ago…but i know he’s lying. …we’ve been married 12 years…he won’t admit that it’s a recent picture of him. I recognize the shirt he’s wearing and he bought it only 2 years ago… he sickens me.

Mjo
Mjo
6 years ago

Yup, if you haven’t been there, you don’t get it. “I can imagine”…is not enough.

nomar
nomar
6 years ago

“Cheater refuses to tell the truth.”

In related news, “Rattlesnake refuses to be warm-blooded” and “Pile of dog shit refuses to smell like roses.”

It’s just who they are.

Annie Get Your Guns
Annie Get Your Guns
6 years ago
Reply to  nomar

Nomar’s the best. It’s calming to know that I now look at my dogs shit and Fucktard’s lies with the same amount of interest. Both are just smelly crap I had to wipe off my shoes to move on.

happily ever after
happily ever after
6 years ago
Reply to  nomar

OMG! This sounds like a Fun Friday Challenge! Newspaper headlines! Sound bites! Interviews!

saw
saw
6 years ago
Reply to  nomar

Truth and sometimes, we look back at laugh at the cheaters stupidly and loss.

nomoreskankboy
nomoreskankboy
6 years ago
Reply to  nomar

Hahahaha, Nomar, thanks for the belly laugh!

Arnold
Arnold
6 years ago
Reply to  nomoreskankboy

Nomar should write for the Onion.

ChutesandLadders
ChutesandLadders
6 years ago
Reply to  nomar

Leave it to Nomar to capture the essence of this issue! This made my day!

Beth
Beth
6 years ago
Reply to  nomar

Perfect response Nomar. So true.

FindingBliss
FindingBliss
6 years ago
Reply to  nomar

Laugh of the day, Nomar! Just what the doctor ordered for this gray, cold, dreary day contemplating entering a den of narcs to attend a narc parent’s funeral. I will picture a newspaper headline with one of these gems whenever any temptation to engage with the disordered strikes. In other news……..carry on. Thank you!

ClearWaters
ClearWaters
6 years ago
Reply to  nomar

Great!!

Glinda
Glinda
6 years ago
Reply to  nomar

Love it!

Lady B
Lady B
6 years ago
Reply to  nomar

Mine told me last night he doesn’t believe in lies. WTF
If you don’t believe in lies you don’t believe in truth.
Then crapped on about truth being in poetry or some wanky crap.
He must of wooed dumb bitch with this form of cryptic shit.
He doesn’t get it, a piece of the puzzle was left out at the factory.
The more attention I pay when I’m bothered, the more I see.
“You can deny reality but you are never immune to the consequences of reality”

CleotheFormerChump
CleotheFormerChump
6 years ago
Reply to  Lady B

Holy mindf*ck, Batman!

Longtimechump
Longtimechump
6 years ago
Reply to  nomar

And “Leopard refuses to change his spots”.

Crazy Lady, mine deleted all the evidence I found in his phone and is now portraying me to his family as a crazy lady with mind games. I read. I saw. But it does not exist anywhere anymore. Even the confessions he made post DDay – I misunderstood them.

So yesterday in a heated conversation he told me that I take this too seriously. I need to lighten up. I made a big deal of his 12 year cheating. So what!? All men do – come on, don’t be so naive! And the frosting: If I wanted to go back to be together, he could still reconsider. Agh…

LovedaJackass
LovedaJackass
6 years ago
Reply to  Longtimechump

That’s a primary reason to go NO CONTACT. Their world view is totally toxic.

left him at the airport
left him at the airport
6 years ago
Reply to  Longtimechump

Oh HELL TO THE NO he didn’t! He said you could have him back perchance you’d like to have his sorry ass back? Oh, no thank you! Haha, hilarious.

Mine did the same – once he had confessed (which I FORCED out of him through dirty tactics. My bad. Sorry, not sorry) he thought that all would be well and good, and that the kids and I would come back to him. This is the best part in my whole story – the loser thought he still stood a chance. I was speechless to hear it! I mean, the audacity!!!! I really think he believes he is THAT special, that I would take back the wonderfulness of him. Didn’t happen. Won’t happen. Told him this ship has sailed, then promptly sent him to the airport to get the hell out of my country. Bye Felicia ??

Longtimechump
Longtimechump
6 years ago

LH@TA, I loved your mightiness in your story. I am still in early stages. Haven’t even lawyered up yet. It helps he only visits here once or twice a year. He is scheduled to go back (finally!) After spending the last 4 weeks here staying with his mom. Son also spent most days with him but comes home regularly as she lives closeby.

My plan is to meet with a few lawyers next month and finally start the process. The cheater plans to be back in the summer so I am foreseeing some “fun” times!

left him at the airport
left him at the airport
6 years ago
Reply to  Longtimechump

Your asswipe is overseas too? He only comes here every 4 months or so, which is good. Even then, he’s not switched on to the kids’ needs. It used to throw us all a bit, the visits would break our routine and take a few weeks to get over. But the last time he came I didn’t allow that to happen. I’ve worked out how to deal with him in a better way. But it took advice from lawyers, counselor and social workers. Please try counseling, if you haven’t already. My counselor was from a women’s refuge and was very good at helping me realize and acknowledge that what he did to me (and the kids) amounts to domestic abuse. Helped me work through it and gave me the confidence I needed to lawyer up, put my big girl panties on and kick his ass. Wanting to do the best by my children was a great accelerator. I didn’t (and don’t) care about him. It’s all about the kids. When he came last month, he complained that I “didn’t give him any sympathy when his business went bankrupt” 2 months ago. Bahahaha, what did he expect?!? I didn’t give a shit!! Not my problem anymore ?? Take that shit to your mistress. Honestly, they are all about themselves. Best of luck with the lawyers. (((Hugs)))

Longtimechump
Longtimechump
6 years ago

Yes. We’ve been living like this for the past 6 years since 2011. Son and I moved to Canada after the uprisings in northern africa. He stayed behind. He is a Canadian citizen though which makes it easy for him to travel to and back. His mom has been very helpful all along. Like family. Although I can tell now the blood is thicker than water. Her attitude changed although she tries to present herself as impartial. Her first husband (cheater’s dad) was a cheater and she left him after 12 years. So she knows deep down how I feel but it’s still her son. She remarried and moved to Canada with her son (the cheater) who after graduating from uni went back to the middle east. Then a few years later we met in my country. Got married. I moved to his country for him where I lived for 6 years. Then came to Canada (because his mom was here and it made sense to immigrate) and have been here for the next 6 years which were essentially long distance and very convenient for the cheater’s purposes. He only came here in the summers combining his trips here with visiting his long term whore from another country. Very internatiinal experience here! Haha!

Looks like he is determined to fight though (mostly over son’s time since we don’t have assets) because he wants to keep things as they are. Who divorces over minor things like cheating?! He even told me I could go find a boyfriend if I want.

Clusterfuck!

left him at the airport
left him at the airport
6 years ago
Reply to  Longtimechump

Longtimechump – I wasn’t married to my cheater. Made it easier in some ways. We also didn’t have mutual assets, so the only thing to fight over is the kids. However, I have the law on my side. And, he is showing his true colors because he hardly ever contacts them, maybe once every 2 weeks. It has been almost 1 year since I left him. I don’t know how you’ve been doing this for 6 years!! My kids cannot be bothered speaking to him now, and they are only 6 and 8. I have NEVER bad mouthed him. They have just figured it out on their own. Before we left him, he was hardly ever home anyway. They hardly saw him, he had already departed from family life long ago. So, they got it. They get it. I didn’t have to tell them anything. Even that young, they know they cannot rely on him.

He’s really lazy with the contact. He comes here every 4 months or so, like I mentioned, has his fill of the kids and then it’s like ADIOS!…we don’t hear from him for ages. The kids get their fill of him too and then they’re over it. Is there any way, in Canada, to prove that he’s abandoned/neglected you all, and for you to get prime custody since they’re in your care and you’re the one who is raising them? I have custody, and he has to work around what I say, because there are no court orders in place that stipulate how much time he gets with them. He’s too lazy to get a lawyer and fight for the kids, so I’m lucky in that respect. He doesn’t actually want to have the responsibility of raising them, so I’m in a good position whereby I can flick him off and he’s not waging war with me. He likes his freedom, the asshole. So, he’s not going to take me to court anytime soon, if ever. Highly doubt it.

I hope he’s supporting you financially, because if he’s not, GET A LAWYER! Mine pays some support. I enforced it!! There was no way I was going to allow him to waltz in every few months to play Disney Dad if he wasn’t going to help pay for their upbringing. So far he’s been OK, only because he comes from a culture where what he has done to us is very SHAMEFUL. His family are totally disgusted by what he’s done, it’s really embarrassed them. But yeah, like you say, blood is thicker. They are nice to me, but he is still their son/brother, and they will always side with him. What a sad sausage. I wish you luck with your situation. (((Hugs))) from Western Australia ?☀️??

QueenMother
QueenMother
6 years ago

Nice!!!

How is that you have that American slang?

left him at the airport
left him at the airport
6 years ago
Reply to  QueenMother

Too much exposure to memes and US culture ???

Aeronaut
Aeronaut
6 years ago
Reply to  Longtimechump

“I made a big deal of his 12 year cheating. So what!? All men do – come on, don’t be so naive!”

Fuck that noise. I’m a man. I don’t cheat. Never have, never will. Here’s some true statements:

Real men don’t cheat. Neither do real woman. They care about their spouses.

Hugs. Strength. Peace.
aeronaut

Longtimechump
Longtimechump
6 years ago
Reply to  Aeronaut

Thank you Aeronaut. Hopefully, I will find a man with integrity one day. If not, totally content on being with myself. Still have a few years to enjoy my son. And hoping he won’t get too confused under the sporadic influence and gaslighting of his disney-fun-adventure promoting cheater dad.

QueenMother
QueenMother
6 years ago
Reply to  Aeronaut

Yay aeronaut!!

dumbutt
dumbutt
6 years ago
Reply to  Aeronaut

You are real man. A breath of air. So grateful for your efforts to share and encourage ?

Sebhai
Sebhai
6 years ago
Reply to  Aeronaut

If only you were there to tell him.My ex was just the same.

Aletheia
Aletheia
6 years ago
Reply to  Longtimechump

Oh man! “You need to lighten up, everybody does it.” Was part of the 3 million reasons it wasn’t THAT bad. Just more “not what I did but your reaction that is the problem.”

He also moved the goal posts, pretending there was nothing but being a supportive friend to OW. Ha ha! All I have is damning circumstantial evidence. So what? It is enough.

Georgie
Georgie
6 years ago
Reply to  Aletheia

Ha,ha! I got the’he was just helping her ‘ too,even after I told him I found his written notes comparing us, including sexual appeal. I don’t need him to admit it. Don’t give them any power. You can move on regardless. You are strong.

QueenMother
QueenMother
6 years ago
Reply to  Aletheia

Hey Alethela —

You have circumstantial evidence? When I shared my circumstantial evidence to a person in authority, she said, “You are believable and your story is compelling.”

compelling (def’n) • not able to be refuted; inspiring conviction: compelling evidence | a compelling argument.

ALSO, admission counts in court, my attorney told me. James Bond admitted several things to me.

Nejla
Nejla
6 years ago
Reply to  Longtimechump

Ah yes, the old “naive” accusation-as if that was what was the REAL problem. And mine threw in the mindfuck of “you are so judgemental” said with an air of injured conviction.
Blech.
This whole “wanting everyone to know what he did” is what I am struggling with in therapy. His family, the new woman, the Switzerland friends, the new friends-everyone in his life–because, hey! They will all be as appalled as I am at what he has done, right?! Nope. Plus, although I know it only just prevents me/is from getting to that place where “the walls of our houses will sing again”, they just didn’t/don’t have the same relationship with him. They are not invested in the same way as I was. It is a waste of time, Crazy Lady. It sucks big time, but just know we ALL get it.

Stacy
Stacy
6 years ago
Reply to  nomar

Ha!!

MehMehMeh
MehMehMeh
6 years ago

Mine wouldn’t admit it either–right away. In fact, while we were separated he took the bimbo to a family get together (I did NOT go), and told them he met her after we separated. My kids called him on the rug for it.

Disordered individuals indeed. Taking the moral or ethical road is too hard for them. Means they have to be honest–it’s impossible. I am pretty sure my ex still cannot tell the truth. Will still give anyone the most convenient “story” — not just about his cheating. I don’t even think he deliberately mind fucks. It’s just who he is. So even 12 years post-divorce and we happen to be at the same place, I just let his words go in one ear and out the other. No need to get stuck in is pile of shite!

NoKibble4U
NoKibble4U
6 years ago
Reply to  MehMehMeh

Count my disordered XH in this mix as well. We had a super fast divorce driven by his borderline personality-disordered shmoopie. Time elapsed from ILYBINILWY to divorce and XH bringing whore to meet his disordered parents: 5 months. He told them she was “just a friend”. They knew otherwise (yours truly sent them the receipts to their “friendship” including hotels and dinners). They chose to believe their Golden Child. The only ones that didn’t believe him were his brother and sister-in-law.

It absolutely devastated me that not everyone was convinced of his affair. But then, I think his affair was almost impossible for me to accept. I mean, it flew in the face of 18 years of experience I had with him where I didn’t know he was a cheater. I only had receipts and his behavior on this. Odd things like whore’s friend stalking us in a restaurant and then FB friending me within days of me being served with divorce papers. I never actually caught him with the whore, nor did I have phone records (XH would drive 50 miles roundtrip to pick up the mail as he “didn’t trust” me in my “anger”. My good friend sat on a Grand Jury during that time. She told me if this had been a murder case, he would have been indicted and probably convicted. Therapist said the same.

nutmegpixy
nutmegpixy
6 years ago
Reply to  MehMehMeh

Ha! Mine did the same shyt! Wash, rinse, repeat. They are the same

Lovey dovey
Lovey dovey
6 years ago

I had letters between them which he broke into my house to steal and I still didn’t believe the reality for a long time.

He cheated. He is a con artist. Meh will come.

AllOutofKibble
AllOutofKibble
6 years ago
Reply to  Lovey dovey

I received a photo of Narkles the Clown and the Flying Whore in a very compromising position from an anonymous email. His only concern was who sent it, not how it made me feel to see it. Oh, and he still denied he was having an affair.

You will get mighty. You will get divorced. You will move on. Don’t try to find the logical reason for any of their actions. Spend the energy healing you.

Ugh no...
Ugh no...
6 years ago
Reply to  AllOutofKibble

Yes. My ex completely pivoted out of “here’s the evidence” denial mode and straight into Adulterous Sherlock Holmes trying to deduce the identity of the dastardly tattle tale who dared give his wife a heads up about his cheating.
I swear I thought I saw him twirl his evil mustache and use a monocle.
Sadly, this gal caused a lot of marital upheaval on the Facebook group she still cavorts around on to this day. So several enraged wives and more than a few decent men sent me screenshots of what was going down.
After reading them and swearing to unearth the sneaky culprit he actually said “if I read those it sounds like I’m having an affair, but I’m actuall not” like my interpretive skills had short circuited.

AllOutofKibble
AllOutofKibble
6 years ago
Reply to  Ugh no...

“Adulterous Sherlock Holmes”
LOL
Please tell me his nickname is Sherlock.

MissDeltaGirl
MissDeltaGirl
6 years ago

Even if he DID admit to the affair he would still blame you. “You MADE me do it!!! and I AM FORCED to leave you because you snoop too much and I can’t trust you.”
If you think the failure to admit guilt drives you crazy, try the blame shift mindfuck.
Maybe he wasn’t having an affair. It matters not. The way he treated you is UNACCEPTABLE and I hope you would have filed for divorce if he had not bear you to it.
Also note that your healing will really get underway after divorce is final. Hard to heal when proceedings are underway.
Good luck and Know that Chump Nation has your back.

Allatsea
Allatsea
6 years ago
Reply to  MissDeltaGirl

OMG! I had this. Ex wife got caught and the emails proved it. Yet she denied it, even after I showed her the emails. I didn’t need her to admit it. Then eventually I got the “You made me do it”. “There’s no way back from this because you could never forgive” I started to see that she did me a favour by not accepting my offer of reconciliation. I’m still looking for justice; Something obvious that demonstrates total failure of her life. Unlikely I will see it but I do hear that life isn’t so rosy over there. I’m not at meh but getting there. Never had an apology and don’t expect it.

QueenMother
QueenMother
6 years ago
Reply to  Allatsea

Allatsea —

I’m really worried now because I see other disordered people. Some are church people, doing God’s work (not cheaters, but manipulators still). I really struggle with how to handle it. I’ve spoken up, and have paid the price (dearly).

I wish I didn’t know now, what I didn’t know then: not all people are good, some people don’t give a damn about being good — they laugh at your naivete.

My own aunt tried to seduce my husband. (Dirty bitch — I’m thinking to tell her husband that I will gladly testify against her if he divorces her.) See? Why do I have to see behind the masks of these ungodly people!!!!

nomoreskankboy
nomoreskankboy
6 years ago
Reply to  Allatsea

I got an apology….TWICE! Still go F&^% yourself, Skankboy! A week after I tossed him out, he asked if he could live on the other side of the house and we could date…..Ummmm, I’d rather gouge my eyes out with a plastic spoon!

saw
saw
6 years ago
Reply to  nomoreskankboy

Hah! Same house and date? Oh hell no! I accidentally dated you in the past. I am not repeating that mistake again.

MissDeltaGirl
MissDeltaGirl
6 years ago
Reply to  MissDeltaGirl

“Beat”you to it not “bear”

FarBetterOff
FarBetterOff
6 years ago

I am a full year past actual divorce in a no-fault state and my cheating ex still completely denies he cheated. All I ever got was a non apology “Mistakes Were Made”.

It’s just how their assholiness works.

I didn’t let his assholiness stop me from getting to Meh, and you shouldn’t either. Acceptance was the key for me. I accept that everything I thought he was (human being with a soul, family oriented, a good man) is a lie……and then I moved on.

LovedaJackass
LovedaJackass
6 years ago
Reply to  FarBetterOff

Mistake were made. Vaginas were penetrated. Dicks were sucked.

Seriously, once you start playing out the passive voice logic, it’s all quite clear.

Beth
Beth
6 years ago
Reply to  FarBetterOff

Exactly FBO! “Mistakes were made” is right up there with “I tripped and fell into her gaping vagina”. Totally not his fault. He tripped and fell into her. A mistake was made. HE didn’t make a mistake. It just happened. Ugh. Lies were made. Stealing money happened. Fucks were given to randoms. It all sounds so much better when you don’t own to it by using “I”. I made a mistake. I lied. I stole money. I cheated. Yeah… too much accountability when it’s phrased like that.

Lady B
Lady B
6 years ago
Reply to  Beth

Great point about I, it’s owning it which never happens for cowards.

Patsy
Patsy
6 years ago
Reply to  Lady B

I got ‘I made a mistake’ as well.

brandib
brandib
6 years ago
Reply to  FarBetterOff

“Mistakes were made”…GAWD, that’s the exact “apology” I got too. Fuckers…

champchump
champchump
6 years ago
Reply to  brandib

I got “I didn’t want it to happen this way.”
?

Divorce Minister
Divorce Minister
6 years ago

As CL points out, a truly innocent spouse does not behave the way your husband did. It is not crazy to distrust when you clearly have reasons to do so.

saw
saw
6 years ago

Amen!

Lost
Lost
6 years ago

My married neighbor is a cheater and a liar. He will never admitted it. He took advantage of me 3 years ago. I told his wife. She calls me a liar…Yet through talking to my other neighbors in my building, I found out he’s been cheating throughout his marriage. What worst his wife knows he cheats and yet she takes him back. And she calls me a liar. If so, then I guess my other neighbors is a liar too….I believe she doesn’t know about the others neighbors…if so she realize her husband has been making a fool of her throughout the marriage///love is blind…

insistonhonesty
insistonhonesty
6 years ago
Reply to  Lost

Did you report his assault on you to the police?

Kelli
Kelli
6 years ago

My ex husband has a 2.5 year old with another woman and still maintains that he never cheated on me.

He had an affair for at least a year with another woman before that, but told me he was “taking cases” in the organ procurement field.

During our divorce, I subpoenaed his employment file which included his time sheets of when he clocked in and out.

At the deposition, he said that he often forgot to clock in and out when he worked nights, alone, but used his own unique security alarm code to disarm the clinic’s security system. So I subpoenaed that too.

I proved lied in his deposition and was not working when he said he was. All of this was presented to the judge in chambers, along with the report from our psychological exams, and I was awarded sole custody of our two girls.

To this day, my ex has never admitted to cheating. They never do. His family hates me. The feeling is mutual. His family created that narcissistic monster, and I want their exposure to my children limited because they call me a liar and worse to my children. As in my children come home saying, “Gram said you are a liar about XYZ, mommy. She said this happened…”

Sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise. Super big hugs!!! Keep your chin up. It does get easier.

LovedaJackass
LovedaJackass
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelli

That, right there, is parental alienation from Grandma. I say no visits for her….

LovedaJackass
LovedaJackass
6 years ago
Reply to  LovedaJackass

And adding: good for you that you don’t allow parental visitation to turn into “Grandma’s day to alienate the kids from their mother.”

Mjo
Mjo
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelli

Kelli, it sounds awful that you still have to be subjugated to crap when your kids come home from visiting your ex-family.

This is why I find divorce so sad. It involves pain not only with the ex but also with his family. We not only lose a marriage but also an extended family. And the kids are part of that war (even if it’s not a war, it’s cold).

JustAnotherStatistic
JustAnotherStatistic
6 years ago
Reply to  Mjo

Yes, losing the ex’s family is hard. I’m dealing with that right now. A few people reached out to me in earnest, but most just quietly shrunk away. I’m sure that they have heard a completely fabricated story about us “growing apart” or something. Not the reality that he decided to spend thousands on interactive porn and have an affair with his boss, all while pretending he was happy at home. Convenient…

I just unfriended most of my ex in-laws on Facebook. I’ll still send Christmas cards, but I don’t need the window into their lives or to give them a window into mine. I need to feel safe and strong in my new life.

Kelli
Kelli
6 years ago

Ok, for argument’s sake, then why spend the time, money, and effort to send Christmas cards? Do you think they even care? If you don’t even want them on your social media, then why waste time and postage on a Christmas card? Because, trust me, if your in laws are anything like mine, the only thing your cards brought was snarky comments about you. No Christmas well wishes. Just ugly and sarcastic comments. Don’t waste your time.

JustAnotherStatistic
JustAnotherStatistic
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelli

Maybe you’re right. My logic is that social media is day-to-day, but Christmas is just once a year. I guess I have a while I figure it out still.

Kelli
Kelli
6 years ago
Reply to  Mjo

Oh, it’s no loss, *trust* me. My ex husband’s family sucks every bit as much as he does.

My ex has decided that he is too awesome and sparkly to pay child support, in spite of the court orders to the contrary.

After the two year fight to get the child support in the first place, I’ve decided that I’m not “doing the right thing” or playing nice or meeting them half way or whatever they call it when you constantly sublimate your needs in order to put the needs of the cheater first.

Like I said, I have sole custody, and he gets a few hours of supervised visits every-other weekend. For the past year, he hasn’t even used his time. He allowed family members to take his time. So, I stopped allowing his family to use his time. He refuses to pay child support. I refuse to allow him to see the kids. He doesn’t care about seeing the kids, but it really chaps his family’s ass. So, that works for me.

I live in an at fault state. While it didn’t help in the divorce settlement, it really helped when we had to go to a psychologist to get an expert opinion for custody. That psychologist *hated* my ex husband. And he gave him a scathing review.

That was one of the instrumental factors in helping me to get sole custody, which is all I cared about. I just wanted my ex out of our lives. He sends whining texts because his family gives him a hard time about not seeing the kids. But, if he would pay his child support, the situation would be different.

Hopeful
Hopeful
6 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

Me too! Call them out in a court of law and expose them for who they are. It likely won’t result in more (even in fault states, adultery means little unless you can prove economic impact), but you must have felt vindicated to have the truth be heard.

My ex admitted to the affair even in the response to my bill of complaint for divorce, BUT ONLY AFTER the date of separation. We are in a fault state. It never went to court, but we were fully prepared to subpoena email, his work calendar (OW was his secretary) and leave records. All were requested in discovery but he made some BS excuse and delaying tactics. He moved the OW into our home (s) one week after leaving the marriage, but there was no affair prior to date of separation?!!!! What judge would buy that? In the end, we are divorced. OW is sporting a big Rock on her left hand, all 2 months after divorce was final. She will be #4 (no, I was not married to Sha Sha Gabor!) and I am quite sure his future ex-wife. He needs the security of marriage but not the commitment that goes along with it. His family all believes his tale, it’s all me, he is the victim. Shame on those plastic people. They will never admit the trugh. It’s too hard to admit that they raised a 50+ year old serial Cheater who is a horrible father and self centered narricist. It’s easier for them. Shame on them.

Jamie
Jamie
6 years ago

See my story posted a couple of weeks ago. You know deep down in your gut that you are right, trust that instinct…I’ve discovered that it’s a powerful force. Many of the things you mention is exactly what my wife was doing. She did confess eventually after months of denials but only because I had so much evidence that she had nowhere to turn. She gaslighted me and made me feel like I was crazy, even convincing me I needed counselling and ADs but deep down I always knew I was on to her and the signs are similar to what you saw. I’m in the early days but I have filed for divorce and am selling the house. You are worth more than these horrendous.disordered scumbags and their entitled and selfish ways. Keep pushing forward, one foot in front of the other. I’m with you every step of the way and we will both be happier on the other side.

Paintwidow
Paintwidow
6 years ago

Mine had an affair 17 years ago with the one he eventually left me for.was his paramedic student back then and he ran into her again when she got a job in a local hospital in the blood lab and worked with my mother in law who reconnected them.
Same story, it wasn’t about all his cheating it was about my behavior and my mother in law encouraged their “friendship” because her sweet angel son was so unhappy at home.
Mine said he just talked and texted her for TWO years and it was never anything more than a friendship till 24 hours after he left me……no explanation for the time 2 months prior that I tracked his phone to a hotel.
chumplady is exactly right, the story changes with the audience.
I’m not interested, I know the truth.
If you try to take on the task of figuring out the mind of your disordered asshole, it’ll be enough to have you rocking back and fourth in the corner someplace laughing like a psycho and wearing a diaper. I’m choosing not to sign up for that, you shouldn’t either.
I trust that he sucks.

Mjo
Mjo
6 years ago
Reply to  Paintwidow

Maybe you can relate to this: have you since then heard friends or family say “but he wasn’t happy?”

Sorrynotsorry
Sorrynotsorry
6 years ago
Reply to  Mjo

That’s what they all say and that is what he tells them. That’s what he tells himself to get past the guilt and shame. He actually believes it now even though he was fine before he started screwing her! Amazing how that happens. How many of us have heard “I’ve been unhappy for 10 years and you never supported me”. It’s textbook crap.

Paintwidow
Paintwidow
6 years ago
Reply to  Mjo

I kind of use Chumpladys response to that when people say ” why would you want to stay with somebody that clearly wasn’t invested? ” or some version of this…..’
The answer is – I wouldn’t want to stay with somebody that clearly didn’t love me. I would of preferred that he had an honest conversation with me or one of the two marriage counselor’s we saw and our marriage ended with the dignity and respect I would of given it had I been the one who decided to leave.
He’s still sticking to the “we were just friends, she was somebody I could talk to…” story. I’ll assume he is, I don’t discuss anything with him.
I have gotten the ” mistakes we’re made by both of us, I’m just trying to be a better person now…” speech.
BARF!!!!
If he was looking to be a better person he probably should tried to invest a tiny bit of that effort into the kids he firebombed and not operate thinking being better just means being awesome in his “new” family.
This whole “getting them to admit the truth” thing will drive a person crazy.

Beth
Beth
6 years ago
Reply to  Paintwidow

I think at some point lying becomes so second nature to them that they stop doing it consciously. It’s an ingrained habit. My ex moved his stripper gf into his house before the divorce was final but legally that didn’t make any difference as far as the divorce went. But he still kept lying about it. Our daughter called him out on it when she called the house phone and the message was in some strange women’s voice saying “…we will return your call”. Rather than just saying yeah that’s my gf, he told our 20 year old daughter that he had had some friends over for a beer and one of them changed his voicemail message. Okay…. yep we all have friends from work over who randomly decide to change our voicemail message. LOL It was such a stupid lie. GF had pictures of herself at the cabin posted on FB with it listed as her address. And my ex took the “we both have a share in the blame” game a little further – being an accountant, he felt the need to assign percentages. “You were to blame too. Okay maybe not 50-50 but definitely not 70-30 either.” Fuck you dude. Faithful for 34 years. Not accepting blame for your stripper and porn habits. And absolutely YES on the “he probably should have tried to invest a tiny bit of that effort into the kids he firebombed…”. A thousand times yes on that one.

Tempest
Tempest
6 years ago
Reply to  Beth

There’s evidence that all one has to do to believe a lie is have it repeated. These cheaters “repeat” their own lies to themselves often enough that it becomes their reality.

Eilonwy
Eilonwy
6 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

This disturbs me so much. I believe it is the root of the difficulties my children sometimes face. They can see how sincere their father is at times–how can they not believe him? They can see the evidence that what their father says is not true–how can they believe him? The cognitive dissonance is difficult for us, but for kids it is absolutely baffling.

I think they often conclude that their father is absolutely truthful but often wrong, when in fact their father is just a liar. And I grit my teeth and try to stay out of it.

Capricorn
Capricorn
6 years ago
Reply to  Beth

Beth,
I agree with you. I think that my STBX knows what ‘truth’ is but I keep getting ‘I don’t want to hurt you’. After the first zillion times I said – you have already hurt me by doing the dirty, now at least tell me everything he couldn’t because ‘I don’t want to hurt you any more’.
In some weird way if he doesn’t say he did it out loud then it didn’t really happen or it did happen but it’s almost nothing to do with him on this day in this room. That was the ‘other’ him ‘before’.
That’s the other thing I learned, I had to ask the question in the right way from all angles so he couldn’t wriggle out of it. Define ‘sex’, define ‘seeing’, define ‘girlfriend’. It’s exhausting.
I could totally negotiate Brexit now and write an ironclad treaty, with all my attention to exact wording and possible loopholes.

whatthefuckever
whatthefuckever
6 years ago
Reply to  Capricorn

“That’s the other thing I learned, I had to ask the question in the right way from all angles so he couldn’t wriggle out of it. Define ‘sex’, define ‘seeing’, define ‘girlfriend’. It’s exhausting.
I could totally negotiate Brexit now and write an ironclad treaty, with all my attention to exact wording and possible loopholes.”

oh yes. this is it EXACTLY!! Hahahahahaha

NewbieChump
NewbieChump
6 years ago
Reply to  Mjo

My cheaters story has changed more times than I can count. First he didn’t cheat. Then I cheated so he had to get me back and now…HE WASN’T HAPPY!” Somehow this one hurts the worst. Wasn’t happy?? In my mind we had everything we ever needed and our life was good. Ugh! Why does this bother me?

ChungaLunga
ChungaLunga
6 years ago
Reply to  NewbieChump

The same story.First,they are friends.Then,he wants to get me back.Later,he cheat on me but only 2 or 3 times,nothing more.And last,he does everything for me and he cannot anymore…Is it cheaters cliche dear Newbie Chump?

Amiisfree
Amiisfree
6 years ago

This will be essentially the same as part of what CL said, but with a different “lens”.

He has made it all about whether he did or did not cheat. Then, by claiming he did not cheat, he can devalue your steps to uncover whatever deception he was engaged in and label it as crazy and as his justification to leave the relationship and make it your “fault”.

That brings me back to, why is cheating bad?

Well, I think it’s first and foremost that deception is bad for a bunch of reasons. It indicates you are being and/or will be harmed – there’s no reason to hide a thing that is positive.

Deception indicates that your partner is willing to share something important with someone else that you don’t know that s/he isn’t sharing with you. This illustrates a lack of intimacy in the relationship​. That doesn’t improve over time, research shows, and it creates a space where other bad behaviors tend to grow.

Also, digging deeper into the harmful angle, a person who is willing to deliberately do a thing that could cause you any kind of harm – physical/health, financial, emotional, spiritual, social – shows a lack of empathy for your well-being.

It may not be 100% clear that he cheated (and he may be defining that some weird way, so who knows what he’s actually saying anyway), but it IS 100% clear that he was deceptive and he didn’t show concern or remorse for how it hurt you.

I guess my thinking is, don’t focus on what he might have done, focus on what he did. He lied about his whereabouts. He came home with fresh semen on his underwear. He engaged in suspicious behaviors that didn’t fit his relationship with you and when you asked about them, he got defensive and blamed you for being concerned, which is classic gaslighting and shows a lack of empathy.

That is the long version of “trust that he sucks”, I know. I am sharing these thoughts because I know how the “what if I AM crazy” demons can visit you when you have a conscience, and these are the things others shared with me that helped me get through it at the time.

He wasn’t good to you, cheater or no, and that wasn’t going to improve without directed intention and work on his part, which he openly refused to even try. The only reasonable choice is to let him go. It’s the only way you can build a healthy, stable home for you and your kids.

Maybe it will help, to explore this angle… We support you.

Tempest
Tempest
6 years ago
Reply to  Amiisfree

Beautifully put, Amiisfree, and captures exactly how we *should* all have thought throughout our marriages. It would have made the decision to divorce so much clearer.

Amiisfree
Amiisfree
6 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

Werd. I struggled so hard with all of this myself, questioning my sanity even for years afterward. I had no CL back then, and this space is truly a lifeline to those who need it. It’s even still a lifeline to me now, and I was already at meh when I found the site. 🙂

Tempest
Tempest
6 years ago
Reply to  Amiisfree

Bravo to you for figuring things out on your own pre-ChumpLady. A testament to your intelligence and strength of character.

Amiisfree
Amiisfree
6 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

<3

And to a couple of excellent therapists who I wish to heaven I had found a few years sooner. 🙂

QueenMother
QueenMother
6 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

Ask him to let you make a forensic review of his computer. Yah. Then see what he says.

Butterbean
Butterbean
6 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Schorn

CL- you just summed up my whole life with Scuzzy in one incandescent, beautiful line:

“And you can’t feel safe with shady”.

Do you know what I remember most about our life together?

I used to frantically tell little ethical parables, like a Sunday school teacher on speed, to get him to grasp basic moral concepts.

I would get this blank stare and then a laugh, as he lit a cigarette and played with my hair, like I was developmentally disabled cat, that everyone petted fondly but wore a teeny tiny dunce cap.

But when I saw how he conducted business, it used to keep me awake until the wee hours of the morning. Left over supplies from jobs at people’s homes would be in our supply building.

Me: Did you asks the Smiths if they wanted their tiles and marble back?

Scuzzy: No. They were not home.

Me: But they paid for this stuff! It is theirs. You have to offer it to them first before you have your guys pack it up. Those are big scraps…worth money. It is THEIR property. We billed them for it, with a 10% surcharge. You can’t just take it.

Scuzzy: Okay Ms. Girl Scout Troop Leader. Go back to sleep.

Me: It’s stealing, Scuzzy.

Zzzzzzzz. Snore.

Beth
Beth
6 years ago
Reply to  Butterbean

I told the ethical parables too. Not long before my cheater discarded us for his AP, I said to him,”I can’t teach you how to be a decent person!”

Stacey
Stacey
6 years ago
Reply to  Butterbean

Yup –

Hey, I got the supplies/water/pop for free because the cashier didn’t see them to charge me! Am I supposed to do their job, too?” Red Flag! Red Flag!!

I told the ethical parables, too. Good to know he listened and the met the AP right after.

Their lives are what they tell themselves they are. Not what they are.

Jojobee
Jojobee
6 years ago
Reply to  Butterbean

Yes! One of my new rules for relationships” If you ever find yourself having to explain how to be a decent human being to a grown person–RUN! They are not relationship material.

KathleenK
KathleenK
6 years ago
Reply to  Butterbean

“Frantically tell little ethical parables”

Yes! This was me exactly. Trying to do anything to get him to grasp basic moral concepts. Always. And he never ever got it. The good news is, my kids did!

marriagepolice
marriagepolice
6 years ago

I played marriage police for three years and separated with him on circumstantial evidence. I was the same as you & please believe me you are not crazy!!! If he were innocent he would be doing backflips to prove you otherwise. I get it – it doesn’t feel complete without the ultimate confirmation of truth. Even if he confesses you will never trust that it’s the full story. I filed, went completely no contact, lawyers issued him with notices to take him to the cleaners and full custody of our babies. 3 months separated & not caring what the truth was anymore & all of a sudden he confessed….five prostitues over ten years & turned into a complete unicorn. We’ve been reconciled for over a year and it’s a major head fuck. He is better than the unicorn stories chump lady speaks off yet I won’t ever get over it nor believe he is telling the full story. It’s better when your fuelled by anger. I’m back in limbo again – same as before and same as you feel now. Free yet trapped by deceit. I’m sorry you feel this way – it’s terrible. Speaking from experience the best way to let go is to feel the anger, listen to your own truth and don’t get sucked into his mind fuckery. Tell yourself that it doesn’t matter if he ‘told the truth’ because it would all be a lie anyway. That is the only truth you need. Don’t end up like me – left a cheater, gained a life….returned to a cheater & is regretting life. Hugs to you xxxxoooo
Love you Janet if your reading xxx

insistonhonesty
insistonhonesty
6 years ago
Reply to  marriagepolice

I have a “unicorn” as well.

A “very nice guy” – “so genuine” by all reports. He will say that he can’t go out until he checks with his wife… that he’s cheated on her before and needs to make her feel safe.

He did all the things that Chump Lady asked of a unicorn. He is affectionate. He keeps fresh flowers in the house, buying them before they bloom so they last longer, just as I asked. Now, he buys me potted herbs or plants for me to keep going until I can plant – which I asked him to do instead – because I’d rather have use out of plants (I’m a great cook) than watch them bloom, then die for several weeks.

He put all of the assets in my name, soley, and all of the debts in his name, solely. We have post-nup so tight that he could disappear or die and I’d not have to change a thing.

He does family things, now.
He takes me on dates, now.
He openly says he used to betray his wife and will never do so again.
The kids and I will happen to see his co-workers and they GUSH about how happy they are to meet his amazing wife and beautiful children.
I can hardly sigh before he asks me what is wrong and how can he fix it…

And even with all that, I wonder if he’s the most adept sociopath of them all. I’m waiting for the BIG fall out… is he gathering sympathy for when he finally falls again? Is this faux-humility with the intent for it to be *supreme* mistress bait?

Three years since the last d-day… and he’s “perfect.” No one could find fault with him. He’s transformed his familial relationships and takes the largest of lumps with the appropriate amount of groveling/shame/retribution.

But he was ALWAYS good at doing horrible things and not looking like the bad guy.

The only – and largest – benefit to staying in this? I will never be blindsided so completely again. I am expecting it.

But is that any way to live? I know it isn’t.

Longtimechump
Longtimechump
6 years ago

This is painful. Just reading this is too painful. The hope. Or hopium as CL said.

I can relate to my last summer-self when all I could think of was for him to be that unicorn he suddenly turned into after he kept lying and gaslighting for 5 months since DDay. This is the key word: suddenly. First he gaslighted and placed blame on me for our failed relationship while carefully avoiding answering my questions directly. Then, after more pushing and feeling cornered, he suddenly came clean! Admitted the long term affair, multiple side sex flings and wanted to be a committed husband and father. Suddenly. This is one week after he blocked me on his telephone because I dared to send him texts full of my pain and accusations and wake him up at night. After that, I knew he was a monster. Somebody who did not care at all how I felt. No empathy. No feelings. Just blocked me. In our heated conversation a few days later I recall saying to cheater he should change the tactics. And he did! Did I tell you the cheater is smart?

Then he turned into a unicorn. Admitted it all: what I suspected and many other things I did not even know about. He cried!!! Here is a macho alpha male crying – unseen, unheard and unthought of. Told me he would be honest with me going forward. In fact, even the way he said it, I thought he was a real unicorn. He said he could not guarantee that he won’t have feelings towards amother woman – and how could he!? We never know what awaits us! But what he could guarantee was that in case he felt something and wanted to act on it, he would come forward and be upfront with me about his intentions BEFORE doing anything. At which point it would be up to me to make a decision if I wanted to stay or leave.

That was good for me! Chumpy, anyone? I thought, well, he was right! How can he know if he won’t fall in love with somebody else? How can he guarantee that he will love me till death? So if he guarantees honesty, at least I will know, and no matter how painful, it won’t be the pain of betrayal anymore.

Next two months: Happy – Not happy. Waiting. He will fall off. No, he won’t! We finally have the communication lines open! We talk! 6 hours a day! He explained the deep connection with her and because we did not have good communications set up, he fell for it! Now we are different! We are open! We are stronger! We survived this!

Two months later: rewind…start over.

There goes the unicorn.

P.s. after the major earthquake 30 years ago in my home country which took the lives of 50,000 people, I recall living every day with the fear it will happen again. You sleep with the fear. You wake up with the fear. You eat, take shower, go to work, have parties, work out, live – with the fear of what if…

QueenMother
QueenMother
6 years ago

I’m so glad you write this, InsistOnHonesty, because what you have described sounds exactly what I think reconciliation would look like. I guess I would also add the Full and Honest disclosure (sorry if you listed this in your letter above, and I did not see it).

I never thought that there would still be the lingering doubt.

I guess I would also be looking for such qualities as empathy, honesty, modesty — but from your letter, it’s still a unicorn.

insistonhonesty
insistonhonesty
6 years ago
Reply to  QueenMother

He trickle-truthed for the first YEAR, while I was getting my ducks in a row after being a SAHM for 10 years.

He attempted suicide when it ALL came out… and that didn’t go how his “former self” thought it would. He was sobbing (I was just dead inside, by this point, and didn’t even have tears when I learned it all) and pulled out my hunting rifle and couldn’t figure out where to load… the shotgun shells he’d pulled out (he’s a city boy.) I told him that he needed bullets. “They’re in the hatbox up on the wardrobe, btw. But you’ll never be able to reach the trigger if you want a shot to the head.” So he took off his socks.

It was a Sunday night and when I walked into the downstairs, the kids were getting ready for school the next morning. I got MAD, stormed upstairs, and proceeded to remind him that if he was going to kill himself right then and there, he would confirm himself as one of the most selfish assholes to ever live. “Your children are going to hear the shot. If you succeed, they’ll always remember how their father killed himself with them there. If you just fuck yourself up because you’re an idiot with a gun, they’ll have a maimed father and see the stain of your blood and flesh on the walls and ceiling. Nice way to exit this mess you’ve made for all us, Asshole! If you’re going to kill yourself, LEAVE and do it somewhere else.” And then I took the kids out for a walk and to get ice cream, in case he actually decided to stay and do it anyway. He is a selfish asshole, after all. When we came back, tears were pouring down his face as he did housework. The rifle and shells were put away and he was washing dishes, having hung the laundry on the line.

It’s been different since then. He told the children, age-appropriately, about what he did. To be kind to me when I was agitated. About why Mommy was crying for “no reason”… that it was about *him* being a terrible husband and a father who ignored his children that made Mommy cry, not anything they did. That he would change. And he has.

He seems genuinely remorseful, empathetic, and honest. He’s an attentive husband, doesn’t become agitated when I go off on a rant or bring up his infidelity and general asshole-ish ways from before. He’s an active and interested father. He now speaks to and visits with his heartbroken mother, whom he hadn’t spoken to in 19 years (when his father left his mother), and invites her to visit from out of state so she can get to know all of us better. He polices himself and tells me; I don’t police him. He’s a salesmen and a LOT of his co-workers have cheated… his reputation is now of a narc. “You tell him/her or I will. I’ve seen what this does to a wife and family. Nothing is an excuse to cheat; a reason to divorce maybe, but not cheat.” HE didn’t tell me this… his longest co-worker did, when I asked why he wasn’t coming home with dramatic stories from work anymore. “They know not to share their stories around him; he’ll narc them out.”

But seeming honorable is how the very best sociopaths get away with their antics. It’s how he always got away with it.

There is always doubt. I wonder when (not if) he’ll tire of not being trusted despite being *perfect.* How many years will it take before he can’t keep it up anymore?

Longtimechump
Longtimechump
6 years ago

Insistonhonesty, I so want this to be true! Just one real unicorn story! But then, as you said, how long until he will realize he is not trusted? How long will it take you to trust back? 3 years after and with all those changes you don”t sound happy. Maybe content that your children live in an intact family. Maybe satisfied that he is involved now in their lives. But not happy. I so wish you happiness.
Hugs to you.

insistonhonesty
insistonhonesty
6 years ago
Reply to  Longtimechump

No, no – he already knows he isn’t trusted. That is the default. I don’t trust anyone anymore and he is certainly aware. I’ve told him that it very well may never come back.

He says he’s fine with that. He does seem to be fine with that. “No, no – I know I’m the reason why you can’t ever trust me again.”

But he’ll tire of it eventually, no?

JustAnotherStatistic
JustAnotherStatistic
6 years ago

Your story is interesting. It’s exactly what I thought I wanted just before my ex moved out. It sounds great on the surface, but how can you ever rebuild trust when it has been violated so deeply?

In my case, the OW had cheated on her husband and reconciled a few years before my ex got involved with her. I think she was just waiting for another opportunity. That’s not to say that my ex wasn’t guilty… they both are. She was just laying in wait. And she already knew all sorts of tricks to cover their tracks.

But like you, her husband was expecting it. He recognized the signs almost immediately and filed for divorce months before what I call D-Day. Between his filing and my D-Day, I was sure that my husband was really just friends with the OW. All the stages of denial. Ugh, so naive!

If your husband cheats again, you’ll know immediately.

(And speaking of “stories”, the OW told my ex that she was the one who left her husband. Nope! The public county records clearly show that he filed against her. Cheaters ALWAYS have their stories.)

Chris W.
Chris W.
6 years ago

A few months after my divorce was final, someone here on CL (I can’t remember who or what the thread was), brought up “the cheating was a GIFT”, and I embrace that wholeheartedly now. The cheating was the final straw (of the 3rd time I caught him cheating over 20 years), but my ex was truly an abysmal husband and father, even if you took the cheating out of it. He was a liar, emotionally abusive, a hoarder, horrible temper and would rage at waiters and service people, rung up huge debts, wasn’t present for my kids (barely made it to witness their births, even), that the last straw cheating was a GIFT to be able to get rid of him, finally.

Phoenix2016
Phoenix2016
6 years ago

This sounds so familiar. He had cheated extensively before we were married, and I found out shortly after our first child was born. He behaved like the perfect unicorn, and it lasted years, until slowly I began to trust him again. But never fully. I know what you mean about “waiting” for it, expecting it…there was always this lingering doubt way at the back of my mind. I had nightmares every so often about him cheating. But still I believed he had changed and that he would never hurt me like that again. I gave him some rope and stopped being so much the marriage police. The truth is, he was just building up my trust so that he could take advantage of it. Ten years after the first DDay I was blindsided again when I caught him cheating with massage parlour whores, one of which had become his girlfriend. This time at least the decision to leave was easy.
I am sorry for what you are going through. I don’t know how to advise you on what you should do. Is it worth it to you to keep on being the marriage police? Because if he is like mine, the minute you stop is the minute he takes advantage of it. 🙁

insistonhonesty
insistonhonesty
6 years ago
Reply to  Phoenix2016

He cheated on me continuously (through all 3 of our children’s pregnancies/births/breastfeeding/diapers, during which I felt completely abandoned), until we purchased our first home and he ghosted the OW. In mid 2008. Changed his cell phone number and got a new carrier a month after we moved here, I didn’t know why and was mad about the termination fee. What I later learned is that the OW would text him in the middle of the night and show up at our door, and threatened to let me know if he didn’t come out. He saw us moving as the perfect opportunity to ditch her.

He didn’t cheat until 5 years later. He was still an asshole of a husband and father but he wasn’t cheating until then… when he started up with a Chinese ho-worker who was a year OLDER THAN MY MOTHER. That’s why I never suspected her and he knew it. He knew what I was looking for and she would never, EVER cross my mind as being a whore. I call her Huli-Jing. (Look it up – I call her this every time I see her in public. “Hello- Huli-Jing!”) She was married to a surgeon. They had one daughter. They lived in our village also but in a very, VERY upscale neighborhood. I blew.her.world.apart. Her husband kicked her out. Her daughter detests her. They call her Huli-Jing also. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.

insistonhonesty
insistonhonesty
6 years ago

We’ve been together for 14 years, married in 2005.

Cheated:

-mid 2003- mid 2008
*(Baby Mama #1 in 2003, Baby Mama #2 in 2004- didn’t know until they were born or almost born, last one “when you broke up with me that week,” didn’t do the math. It was before I broke up with him briefly. Our children were born in 2005, 2006, 2007.)

-mid 2013- mid 2014. Bitch is too old to have babies. Clever shit, he was.

Not a great track record.

Freenow
Freenow
6 years ago
Reply to  Phoenix2016

Ugh! What is it about massage parlor whores? They are available for sure. They are good listeners while giving them “happy endings”? Make excellent new wife appliances when you find out about them.

Headline: Want Tru Wuv? Find it in Shady Massage Parlors Listed on Internet for Rub and Tugs. Make your Narcissistic Mom Proud

Glad I’m divorced from the mindfuckery.

KathleenK
KathleenK
6 years ago

He sounds like my X who is a full-on covert narc. Listen to your gut. Even if you never find out any other proof of wrong doing, listen to your gut and decide how YOU want to live your life. What’s acceptable to you. Or let us know if you have found the elusive unicorn. How long was your X’s affair? If it was short and he came to you to confess, those are good signs. If it was 10 years and he got caught? (Like my X) Not a good sign for future behavior.

coolbreezeout
coolbreezeout
6 years ago
Reply to  marriagepolice

Right there with you mp. He is being a ‘unicorn’ and I am sitting here realizing it would have been better to take a different path. I honestly wish my husband had been a complete shit head and it would have been clear to take the exit and run.
Mine also did the prostitute thing and webcam girls. He is trying to prove he is a ‘new man’ and I am sitting here wondering what have I done? Why did I not choose to run with the kids on d-day. I am wondering if he looked at the divorce settlement he agreed to and thought “It is cheaper to keep her”. Even if he is a ‘new man’, I am still getting the short end of the stick.

Those with a 100% jerk, honestly – the grass isn’t easier on the other side. Chumps always get the raw deal.

Tempest
Tempest
6 years ago
Reply to  coolbreezeout

Coolbreeze–You don’t need to satisfy public criteria for why you leave him. He was using prostitutes and having on-line sex via webcam? Probablility he will stop? less than 1%. He will ramp up as soon as he lulls you into a false sense of security. And next time he will go more underground.

What he did already is sufficient to leave him.

Anita
Anita
6 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

I agree, even once with a hooker is grounds for an immediate divorce. you might accidentally get into something with a neighbor, or co worker , maybe but having sex with a prostitute is just so incredibly nasty to me.

QueenMother
QueenMother
6 years ago
Reply to  Anita

Remember what that celebrity said about prostitutes? He didn’t hire them for sex, he hired them to go away.

Anita
Anita
6 years ago
Reply to  QueenMother

Lol, wasn’t that Charlie Sheen? It just seems so calculated, you know?

KathleenK
KathleenK
6 years ago
Reply to  coolbreezeout

Cool Breeze,
I thought I had a unicorn too. He told me everything about the skypping, porn and craigslist hookups that was his double life for 10 years, he went to therapy, he did all cooking and shopping while I recovered from the nervous breakdown of Dday – months. He said he wanted to live a transparent life of honesty and integrity. He wanted to be the husband I deserved. I believed it all. I treated his double life as not a sign of character defect but a sign of an addiction – and I thought maybe he could come back from this and be the man I thought I married.

But as my fog cleared and I learned more about narcissism and I went to therapy, I started to have massive doubts. My therapist had been noncommittal about our chance of true reconciliation – she said sometimes people think their spouse’s alcoholism is the problem in the marriage and if only he would get sober all would be well. Then the spouse gets sober and is the same asshole he was and she realizes the alcoholism wasn’t the main problem at all.

So as I got clearer, I watched his mask slip inch by inch. He never really took full responsibility – he would say he did, but they were just words. He did the subtle blameshift and was back to the gas lighting

KathleenK
KathleenK
6 years ago
Reply to  KathleenK

oops hit post in mid sentence…

Anyway, we are now divorced and his mask is fully off. He blames my anger and unforgiving nature for our divorce. His entitlement is monumental. He is entitled to his reputation, to forgiveness, to relationships with his kids, to my alimony payments to him, to a new life with his girlfriend (she doesn’t need to know anything about his past because what’s in the past is past right?) He discounts our pain “why can’t you all just move on, I have!”
He is truly a horrible person who lives in an alternate reality.

I don’t know how long he has been “unicorning” you, but you can always choose to move on Cool Breeze. Yes, I learned a lot in the 2 years, but I wish I had found CL earlier and I would have called it a day. Just more wasted years with a pathological liar. Not fun.

QueenMother
QueenMother
6 years ago
Reply to  KathleenK

Kathleen K, do you mean Repentant never stopped his cheating?

KathleenK
KathleenK
6 years ago
Reply to  QueenMother

Queen Mother – I really don’t know what happened. My guess is that he white knuckled 18 months of no porn, hookups, Skype hookups, craigslist hookups. He was ashamed to have me know about his double life and he was trying to do anything to make it all go away. I never felt like he was really sorry though – and his later actions proved me right. The whole story is odd and I am so glad that I don’t care that much anymore about what exactly was going on. I wake up every morning so glad I don’t have to see him. So glad to be moving on with my life and not tied to a habitual liar with zero empathy. (Such a good actor though…)

Capricorn
Capricorn
6 years ago
Reply to  marriagepolice

MP & Chris.
I only managed one month with mine and that was with divorce proceeding and agreed. It was just awful. It was like being suffocated day by day.

Chris W.
Chris W.
6 years ago
Reply to  marriagepolice

I’m so sorry, mp. I only did 6 weeks of faux wreckconciliation and it was horrible. I feel for you that you’re living with someone you can’t trust, and you’re always looking over your shoulder. We’re here for you at CN.
🙁

Lady B
Lady B
6 years ago
Reply to  Chris W.

Like to add mines swore it was an EA as she lives OS. I believed this or wanted to.
Threw him out anyways, took him back 5 weeks later, had three weeks wreckoncilation until I found the photos on his phone of their hook up she flew 5 hours for, three days at least together, the old work trip line.
Totally looked me in the eyes. I want to be with you and kids bs. Threw him out within two hours of find.
He had if he wanted the golden ticket to remove her from his life as she now lives a long way away and focus on us and I would have accepted it as an online EA.
Sorry buddy you rolled the dice and surprise the casino won cause your on your own now apart from what you consider a ‘long term relationship’ with some whore OS you haven’t seen in a year, she is married, jobless, childless and dependant on her husband, what a winner, get the feeling I’m winning already 2 months out.

Lady B
Lady B
6 years ago
Reply to  Lady B

Oh and she looks like a twelve year old boy with plastic tits.

Anita
Anita
6 years ago
Reply to  Lady B

Lady B, she must be pretty desperate if she flew FIVE hours for some dick. Js.

Lady B
Lady B
6 years ago
Reply to  Anita

I suspect he paid for it and still is, he is in a lot of debt.
He would have seen it as her being dedicated and an act of twu wuv.
Consummating all that shady Skype love they had been having for the last three months or so.
Both sad sacks,
Would like to add that I’m rocking that post trauma weight loss and being the yogi I knew I would always become, lose a man child gain a shit load of free time and energy.
Adios losers. 2016 my gut told me something was up and my body showed it also, gaining 7 kgs, trust your instincts.

marriagepolice
marriagepolice
6 years ago
Reply to  Chris W.

Thanks Chris W, that’s so lovely! Definitely my place of solice here and true reality. It’s good you got out after 6 weeks and wised up quickly.

ElleB
ElleB
6 years ago

They can’t admit to cheating because it doesn’t fit their story. My X told everybody that we had a loveless marriage, which is why we divorced. I was all in asshole….he was the one who was only thinking about himself. He went so far as to lie to the court about where he was living. He gave an address for one of his buddies when in fact he moved immediately from our home and in with the sluntress. He also lied to our son about his whereabouts. So many lies there that he couldn’t keep them straight. I mentioned this before but my son’s comment was “I don’t know what’s worse…him lying, or him thinking that I’m stupid enough to believe him.”

I’m also convinced because the AP’s fall for their poor woe is me stories, they don’t believe they are cheating either. They both need to grow a set and own their shit!

Sad Shelby
Sad Shelby
6 years ago
Reply to  ElleB

In my case the whoremat was just as sad sausage as he was. She was “abused”, her AWFUL husband “cheated on her”, she was “SOOOOO UNHAPPY” that she stayed with someone that hit her and cheated for NINE YEARS before she MARRIED HIM. Yeah. No. Sorry. She needed my idiot cheater to rescue her. And he needed her to “rescue” him from a loveless marriage of frigidity and sexlessness and boo hoo sadness. Yep. I didn’t care. I didn’t love him. I was heartless and cold and boring and ding dong the witch is dead. That’s why I lost 20 pounds and almost 6 months later I still cry everyday and can barely eat anything. Because he was a paycheck and a room mate. They are so stupid and pathetic with the lies they tell themselves and each other. I own all my shit from the marriage. Any time we’ve gone skein untangling I freely and openly admit to all of my part of the marriage. But what I was while married had NOTHING to do with him cheating. He said he had no idea he could lose me and didn’t want to. And that he had no intention of leaving. If I WAS all those awful things he wanted to blame me for being he wouldn’t have wanted me around. They have to put the blame elsewhere because if they don’t then what kind of person are they? In their heads they are the hero of their own movie. If they had to look at it from any other perspective and they turn out to be the villain it ruins everything.

Sausalito
Sausalito
6 years ago
Reply to  Sad Shelby

^^ This is my story almost exactly. The “abused” MOW and they rescued each other from their horrible marriages. Assholio also said he had no intention of leaving me, but why not if I was so terrible? Can you say cake eating? I also owned what I contributed to our less than stellar marriage, but it was still no excuse to cheat. I never lied or did anything premeditated to purposefully hurt him, yet it was all supposed to be “equal.” Ugh.

Chris W.
Chris W.
6 years ago

I hate to say this, as someone whose divorce is over 2 years old, and DDAY was 3.5 years ago, but if you’ve bred with these fuck wits (I have 2 boys, age 10 and age 6), the lies keep continuing and even MORPHING to suit their needs, even AFTER they marry the AP. They are sick, sick creatures and only get worse as they get older.

CL is right – you only control yourself. Be tough for your kids, and live an awesome, cheater – free life and you and your kids will be fine. Who cares how the Cheater and your ex – in laws fare?

MJB
MJB
6 years ago
Reply to  Chris W.

Oh Chris W, I’m finding this is true. It only gets worse.

DDay#2 for me almost 1 year ago, now divorced for 6 months. I spackled him normal for so long. Tried to teach the kids how to make him react like a normal parent for years–you just need to give dad time, let dad see how doing this or that for you would be a good thing –really, how it would be a good thing for dad–the only reasoning that worked with that fuckwit). Now the kids have to deal with dad on their own.

Dad can’t pay for this or that cause dad is saving up to buy a house. The fuckwit makes 3 times what I do. We maxed out child support and no maintenance. Dad can well afford it-he just doesn’t want to. Welcome to the rest of our lives.

Mjo
Mjo
6 years ago

Crazy Lady, we married the same guy. His go-to word for me was/is “crazy” whenever he didn’t/doesn’t want to hear the truth. I’m not sure what that falls under in psychology but he used it for 15 years. I hated it. It was always hurtful to hear that. And he still can hurt me with it when I hear it.

Mine never admitted to cheating either. Now that we are separated (well over a year with a pending litigation) he is “dating” the person I suspected he cheated with. When I told him about a bill I found to a restaurant/bar a few months after he left, he said, oh, yeah, I was out with her, probably telling her how bad my marriage was. He met her at his gym. She is 12 years younger, has a young child and was married as well. Later I found out from a friend who worked there that they had been working out together side by side for a loooong time. The people at the gym, apparently, were beginning to scratch their heads.

We fought in our marriage about his mom, finances (he had money before our marriage and didn’t make any the entire marriage, and didn’t let me in on anything. I’d say how will I pay for something of you die or have an accident?)…he was not the kind of guy that used to like to find solutions—preferred to reiterate the problems. That really brought me down.

So he ignored me (prior to emailing me for a divorce) for about 14 months. Every time I asked a question he would say “what?” with an annoyed face; he stopped saying my name; he would leave for the gym at 8:00am and come back around 1:30 (chewing gum…he used to hate gum). I was depressed, lonely, angry. One of the worst things was, he would shame me for being angry. It worked– he made me feel bad about myself. I broke my foot during that year and got no empathy, love, support or help around the house. My dad had open heart surgery and not only did he not wish him luck, but never even visited him in the hospital.

He checked out.

So yeah, I saw something coming but I was still hurt and in shock. I don’t really believe in divorce, I prefer to fix things.

After he emailed me the divorce on our son’s graduation day, he stayed in our house for four more months while his new house was being vacated. The whole time he continued to go to the gym everyday while I busted my ass with the emotions of two kids (boys 12 and 14), cooking, cleaning. All on auto-pilot, severely depressed and of course shedding weight and in shock (the ptsd was very real and the hardest part) I suspected there was someone else but wasn’t sure. No way would my husband cheat on me!

After he left, he started “dating” as he would say…surprise, surprise, that very same woman. We are SEPARATED he would say, we can date who ever we want.

To this day he denies there was ever an affair. I gave up caring about hearing the truth a few months after. It takes a confused, cruel soul to be that way. In a way I feel sorry for him. He’s really lying to himself.

Sorry for being lengthy! I guess my comment was healing for me…

Mine wants equal custody, so he didn’t leave his kids, but they are pissed as hell that he cheated (they saw text messages and other stuff and are even more hurt that he won’t admit it. Coward.

Tempest
Tempest
6 years ago
Reply to  Mjo

Mjo–first, I’m sorry you lived through such a lengthy and brutal de-value stage. He sucks.

Secondly–he wants equal custody to (a) avoid or reduce child support; (b) look like the “good dad” despite all indications to the contrary. Sadly, courts tend toward 50/50 custody and are not that sensitive to quality of parenting in determining custody unless one parent exhibits extreme pathology. Thus, you may not be able to avoid 50/50 custody, but document, document, document every time he misses an appointment, or doesn’t help the kids with their homework, or cancels visitation. You may be able to get more than 50/50 custody down the line.

Children above11 may also have some say in whether they want to see a parent or not; check with your lawyer about whether it is worth involving a Guardiam ad Litem (GAL). Good luck & hugs to you!

Mjo
Mjo
6 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

I don’t have a problem with shared custody–I think the kids have a right to their father and vice versa.

Eilonwy
Eilonwy
6 years ago
Reply to  Mjo

Kids have a right to shared custody when both parents are responsible. When they are not, they don’t. I know some cheaters manage to be responsible, but an awful lot of them cannot be bothered Parenting is hard work and requires putting the needs of others above yourself in a variety of tedious ways. The rewards of parenting are often abstract and unpredictable. Cheaters like praise, being the center of attention, and having their own way. Every kid is different, but a heck of a lot of them go through one (or more) stages when they are not interested in giving big hugs and saying, “Mommy/Daddy I love you!” They don’t play to the parental ego very willingly. They whine, procrastinate, make snarky remarks, and experiment with different ways to annoy you, and then grow out of it. To deserve custody, a person has to have the persistence to love and support a child even when the child is not charming. So, kudos to the parents who pull their shit together enough to be a good parent even if they were a lousy spouse, but be prepared in case your spouse turns out not to be anymore committed to the kids than he or she was to the marriage.

Tempest
Tempest
6 years ago
Reply to  Mjo

He’ll never keep it up, though. Just a warning.

Capricorn
Capricorn
6 years ago

Crazy lady

Even if he somehow had a ‘truth seizure’ and confessed something it will not take you any further.

Mine confessed to three affairs, dating websites and daily porn habits. And I still feel there is much more that I don’t know and sometimes I think about digging again just to scratch that itch. But it really is pointless. You know enough to make the right decisions and to design your own cheater free (almost, tough with kids) life.

When you accept that you have all that you need even though it may be much less than you want, you can start to move upwards into a clean life rather than digging down into their shitty deeds.

Give yourself a break, untie from that need and go be as happy as can be. ❤

marriagepolice
marriagepolice
6 years ago
Reply to  Capricorn

Capricorn your right – it’s a pointless exercise. Lately I asked him to a lie detector test. He agreed. Then I thought – what’s the point if it’s says he telling the truth I will think he was an expert liar and if it comes up he’s lying then here comes more gas lighting and heartache.
Shit. Never. Ends.

been chumped
been chumped
6 years ago
Reply to  marriagepolice

I read that sociopaths can quite often beat lie detector tests…

Tempest
Tempest
6 years ago
Reply to  marriagepolice

Sociopaths pass lie detector tests because they are not anxious or guilt-ridden about lying.

Freenow
Freenow
6 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

Mine admitted he was proud at his ability listen to his parents lecture him and then go do what he was going to do. He also admitted to telling his Mom what she wanted to hear to avoid being yelled at, shamed and/or disciplined. Hiding his true self became natural.

Behavior development starts at a young age and the lies and compartmentalizing get bigger and more hidden. It becomes their character.

You can’t fix them. I tried for almost 36 years. I can only fix and control myself.

JesssMom
JesssMom
6 years ago
Reply to  Tempest

This is my asshat. No physiological “tell” whatsoever. He happily agreed to a lie detector test — he was that confident in his ability to lie (plus he hoped it would shut me up). When I caught him in a lie on the pretest questionnaire, I decided to forego the lie detector and save the money toward getting my girls and I away from him. I never realized a human was capable of lying about so much, so often, and without any sense of guilt whatsoever. It was quite eye opening.

coolbreezeout
coolbreezeout
6 years ago
Reply to  marriagepolice

I did have mine complete a lie detector test. I didn’t stop him. Yes, the lie detector covered the lies he had told in the past. However, lying became such a habit with him it is his default. He will confess once I question him with the ‘right’ questions, but I realize he is simply a compulsive liar at this point. It won’t even be about big stuff. If you ask what color the sky is he will say green. Then, five minutes later he will say, I am sorry I said the sky was green. I shouldn’t have lied to you, the sky is blue. I will sit there in awe. He really can’t help but lie, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would meet, let alone marry, someone who cannot tell the truth at the first question!

I like that we did the lie detector test, because it was the first clue to just how far back his lies went. They went all the way to when we started dating. I took him passing the lie detector (he failed the first one) as some sort of mindfuck sign of his honesty. Then it hit me – this man has been lying since we met! I knew a couple of lies, just had no idea he had told so many for so long.

Now, I am just floored.

QueenMother
QueenMother
6 years ago
Reply to  coolbreezeout

See? I thought these skilled lies could fake out a lie detector test. Can they? He offered to have a test, but I said no. I know that lie detector tests are not admissible in court. (Or am I wrong?)

KathleenK
KathleenK
6 years ago
Reply to  coolbreezeout

He has been lying his whole life. It’s who they are. My X remembers lying quite easily to his kindergarten teacher. Frightening.

Capricorn
Capricorn
6 years ago
Reply to  marriagepolice

marriagepolice
You are absolutely right. Once that trust has gone you start to question everything they have ever said. The more you look the more there is to distrust. Honestly if mine told me the sky was blue on a sunny day I would feel uncomfortable just taking my own eyes as evidence. I would feel that he was trying to trick me or mess with my head in some way.
I think my brain just figured he is is all around dangerous now so I have to keep my wits about me which means keeping away. I cannot trust him not to try to ‘get’ me whether by actions or words.
It is supremely anxiety inducing to be with someone who you know is hurting you but does it in such terrible ways. Sometimes they suck really doesn’t seem strong enough.

Capricorn
Capricorn
6 years ago
Reply to  Capricorn

*’trust that they suck.

ClearWaters
ClearWaters
6 years ago

Dear Crazy Lady,

Chump Lady’s odometer stopped ticking on my journey the day I understood that taking control of my life DOES NOT and MUST NOT include controlling my cheater. That in order to survive I MUST build a new, totally cheater-free life for myself. On this blog you will learn it is 100% possible and worth it.

Are you expecting the only alternative on par with your worth, for cheater to sincerely and effectively repent? Well, this is never going to happen. How many times do meteorites fall through people’s roofs? Or a person in a wheel chair gets up and walks up some stairs? There is no cure for a bad character and we married them.

At our conciliation hearing at court my cheater started off by telling the mediator how I did not get along with his family and my family because I was “difficult”. An “impression management” system to call me “crazy”.

Yeah, you bet, I am “difficult”: as Chump Lady says, it’s not their shit, it’s our reaction to their shit. For example, my brother tried to get my dad declared mentally unfit to use his insurance for a business and I stepped in. I bought a painting from cheater’s eternally broke brother to help him and he fooled me and charged me 5 times its worth (I am crazy).

Still IN FRONT OF THE COURT MEDIATOR, my cheater then actually said that I could trust him and that he was not a cheater! He made a scene when I asked “then who is OW (name), is she some cyber-creature?”. Everyone sniggered. But he was absolutely convinced people saw a halo shining over his head. Lost cause, Crazy, lost cause. Chose your battles to win the war.

It looks like your cheater and my cheater are clones. The knowledge that we chose a bad character is VERY painful, especially if we have children with one.

But expecting an admission from him to feel better is like keeping rotten food in the fridge so it doesn’t waste. Forget him, get the best settlement possible and teach your boys about respect and consequences.

This crazy wishes you good luck.

CleotheFormerChump
CleotheFormerChump
6 years ago

“he stopped saying my name”–wow, Mjo. I noticed it, and it hurt, but how do you even bring up something like that without sounding “crazy”?

Stacey
Stacey
6 years ago

Yup. Yup. It really really hurt, too.

Special Snowflake ha!
Special Snowflake ha!
6 years ago
Reply to  Stacey

Mine never, in all the years married ever called me by my name unless he was super pissed at me. Always called me “kid” as I’m a whopping 4 years younger than him (and, to devalue me, I fear).

brandib
brandib
6 years ago

Crazy Lady,

Your healing and moving on is not going to come from him admitting or apologizing for anything. He’s not sorry about what he did to you and your children. He’s sorry that he got caught . Period. Now that things are getting heated over your financials, he probably realizes that the consequences of his actions are going to hit him in his pocket book and that’s what concerns him, not the damage he did to his family. He has no remorse for anything.

Of course he’s going to make you look like a crazy, untrusting, delusional, person. He’s going to play the victim to his friends and family and blame you. You were a lousy housewife; you didn’t make enough money in your full-time job outside of the home, even though your job allowed the extra money to buy him Harleys & boats and more than likely the funds to spend on his OW; you spent too much time on your children, you know taxiing them back & forth for school & sporting events and helping them with their homework, doctor’s appointments, etc. all while he’s out either drinking with his friends or fucking his whore; you didn’t give him enough sex because at the end of the day, after taking care of your full-time job, the kids, & the household, you were exhausted and ready for rest (plus, your gut is telling you that he’s sleeping with someone else & you really don’t feel like having sex with him anyways). According to him, he was just unhappy & it’s all going to be your fault, or here’s a real winner explanation that my X is telling mutual friends, “Well, we just grew apart, things just didn’t work out.” Don’t let him get away with that bullshit. No, things just “didn’t work out” for no reason. He was fucking another woman and lying about it to cover it up. There is NOTHING you did or didn’t do that shifts the blame on you for his choices and actions. This is all on him.

As far as his mother…FUCK HER. You don’t owe her anything. In fact, go no contact with her. Take her # out of your phone, block her on social media anything you have to do to be rid of her because she is not in your corner. I was close to XMIL prior to this last episode of my X’s cheating. In fact, the last time my X had an affair, she begged me to move my kids out to Arizona where she was living at the time so that I could have help raising them. Complete different story this time. I took all the Facebook digs & nasty comments that I could take before I gave her the big “FUCK YOU” and deleted her out of my life. I’m 100% better for it.

You WILL get through this. It’s not going to be today or tomorrow, but one day at a time the healing will come. It will come because you are strong & mighty. Never doubt that!

Susannah
Susannah
6 years ago
Reply to  brandib

My MIL hated me. To the point of taking us (then a family of five) in, then trying to throw me out so she could “have Susannah’s kids.” She later called the cops on me when I showed up to drop the kids off. She was supposed to babysit. This was years ago this happened. Several months ago, my ex wanted my daughter to call his mom on my daughter’s cell phone. Which I pay for. I threw a fit and made her delete MIL’s phone number. Up until now, I wondered if I’d overreacted. Now I’m feeling better about it.

nutmegpixy
nutmegpixy
6 years ago

Sooooooooo true. Some rarely admit. Mine never did and still doesn’t. Despite my discovering hotel bills, dinner receipts, jewelry purchases, trips etc. Even some of his own friends (also known cheaters) told me “Hey Pixy if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like duck? Its a duck!” THAT was from 2 of his so called friends. But he swears to this day he did all those things to help a “friend” cheat! yeah right. I struggled for years trying to get proof because I didn’t want to believe my own eyes. Even called a psychic!! In the end, you know what you know in your heart. Just wish it hadn’t taken me so long to get to that point. But better late than never.

JesssMom
JesssMom
6 years ago
Reply to  nutmegpixy

Yes — even with solid evidence, they will continue to lie and gaslight. Scratch marks on his back, lipstick on his collar and my asshat managed to lie and gaslight so well that our MC fell for it and began counseling me about my insecurities and jealousy. (I’m still pissed about that.)

Asshat never confessed to anything — and there was over two decades’ worth of “things.” If I had him backed into a corner with irrefutable evidence, he still downplayed and lied to make it look like it “wasn’t as bad” as the evidence showed.

Sadly, it’s partly why I stayed stuck for so long. It never dawned on me that I could be married to a pathological liar.

QueenMother
QueenMother
6 years ago
Reply to  JesssMom

JesssMom — if I get a chance, I am going to try to figure out a way to stop the abuse that we chumps get from the marriage therapists. Yes. But first let me finalize the divorce.

JesssMom
JesssMom
6 years ago
Reply to  QueenMother

Sending good vibes your way for finalizing the divorce.

On figuring out a way to stop the abuse chumps receive from MCs — please keep us updated. That is something I would love to help with!

Luziana
Luziana
6 years ago

Eliza Hamilton had incontrovertible proof of her Husband’s cheating and it didn’t hurt any less. She stayed for that Colonial Unicorn.

But one thing you can do is remove yourself from the narrative because you can’t control crazy. Crazy doesn’t even believe in math. For example;

Cold Slab O’Meat and Jake From State Farm are still trying to wring dignity from the timeline of their adultery pregnancy. They tell anyone who will listen, including their NOO LUVS, that the baby was conceived the exact day he packed his lonely UHaul and moved his big ass out. They speak elegantly how they So considered the feelings of the family they ripped to shreds by ‘not acting on their feelings until then’.

Small detail? The baby was overdue and not premature. Due dates are not an exact science but based on ultrasounds and actual dates of cycle reported by the pregnant woman.

The due date is 21-28 days off from the supposed date of conception. They tell EVERYONE the dates and rely that most people don’t give a damn enough to question the narrative.

I questioned it. He lied. That’s my narrative. He is a liar and an adulterer. An honest person who is NOTFUCKING his coworker but has feelings for coworker comes to his ISFUCKING wife and tells her it’s over. He doesn’t NOTFUCK about on his phone constantly for a month and a half, treat her and his stepdaughter like they are garbage and invisible, and get caught with a phone bill in his wife’s name that he thought he had secured by changing the password.

If the narrative is not credible, it’s not my narrative and I don’t have to live in it. If it makes you feel better, my daughter’s dad eventually gave up his protestations of innocence. Since his life has continued to follow the same reckless course, with several different women, he looks more and more like the dysfunctional constant instead of the pitiful variable.

Sad Shelby
Sad Shelby
6 years ago
Reply to  Luziana

It was a super baby? SOOOOOOO SPECIAL it needed an extra 3-4 weeks to cook in that Satanic uterus of a bitch from Hell? Since it’s been in there for an extra month I’m assuming it will be smarter and cuter than any baby ever born. Just like the special sparkle snowflake parents. ?

Luziana
Luziana
6 years ago
Reply to  Sad Shelby

She has a Super Sluterus! Baby born “five days after due date” 8 months and 19 days after D Day and barely 8 months after GTF Outta My House Day? Tremendous!

Clearly her Uterus is the gestational version of those Newfangled Instant Pots you hear about. Can’t wait to be dumped while pregnant with your married Coworker’s child? Think he doesn’t have yet another Chump lined up?

Turbo Charge Your Womb with Baby Growing Brawndo! It’s NEW! It’s NEONATAL! IT’S THE EXTRA STRENGTH SLUUUUUTERUS!

Sausalito
Sausalito
6 years ago
Reply to  Luziana

The Instant Pot uterus, love it!!!

Luziana
Luziana
6 years ago
Reply to  Sausalito

It feels good to be far enough out to joke about it. There will always be a little part of me miffed at being assumed to be so stupid, but it passes quickly.

Luziana
Luziana
6 years ago
Reply to  Luziana

*Disclaimer- Pregnancy is calculated as 40 weeks from last period or 259-266 days from conception. Baby should have had a due date 2-3 week later than she did.

Luziana
Luziana
6 years ago
Reply to  Luziana

AAAAAAND we’re all supposed to believe that she conceived on the first hurrah. During the first tender expression of their scared true 3 months forever LUV.

Sure, Jan. Sure!

Portia
Portia
6 years ago

Having to publically admit to actions that others in the family/community find unacceptable is a very powerful emotional act, and if it causes real pain and guilt, it may serve some purpose. However, if you are dealing with someone who changes his/her “truth” at a moment’s notice, and if all he/she experiences is momentary embarrassment because he/she has been exposed, you really have not accomplished anything. These folks will move on to a new audience if they are discredited with their current audience. They know that it is human nature to construct a reality that humans are comfortable with. The truth is a noble concept, but truth is rarely achieved in human interactions. Courts may seek justice — but remember the lady holding the scales is always blindfolded. Laws are not always created to protect the weak, or to punish the guilty. Laws are sometimes created to protect the guilty from any consequences they might suffer when they abuse the innocents of the world.

When I joined the marriage police, I had little hope that any of the information I found would prove useful in a court of law. For the most part, courts do not seem concerned with marital “crimes” — they seem concerned with dividing property in some socially acceptable way. The evidence I sought was to convince MYSELF that I had been conned, and there was nothing redeemable about the man I had invested so much of my time and love and effort in. The money that I lost was painful — but what I lost emotionally was nearly unbearable. Circumstantial evidence was all I really needed. Any man who spent the time that man spent on dating sites and emailing other women was guilty of marital deceit. In the end the overwhelming deluge of lies was more damning that the actual instances of sex with others. The lies always outnumbered and preceded the sex, and the lies, by themselves, were enough. If his friends and family don’t want to know the details of the truth (and I can assure you they don’t) then they will never examine any of your evidence. They simply don’t care about your pain, or his duplicity.
If you have been accused of something you did not do, then you know the frustration of trying to prove your innocence when the accuser has already deemed you guilty. They do not need evidence to accuse. People who want to believe them and who may have some other problem with you will gladly accept the word of the accuser. They construct the reality they want to believe in. So any time you spend trying to convince others of someone they want to believe in’s guilt, or your innocence if they want to believe you guilty, is just a colossal waste of your time. It is the way of this world.

Someone who has never been cheated must live in a bubble — I don’t know how they have been so lucky. I certainly have been cheated, and I know what that feels like. Every chump in Chump Nation knows what that feels like. You can come here for the acceptance and comfort you will never find in the world of lawyers and courts. It may not be monetarily satisfying, but it is emotionally priceless.

Survivor
Survivor
6 years ago
Reply to  Portia

Why those smear campaigns by cheaters work so well:

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” -Mark Twain

Anita
Anita
6 years ago

I got the same shit. From cheater ex, and his Mommy. It’s much easier for his mother to call you delusional and crazy than to admit her precious little snookums is the one who is delusional and crazy, plus a liar, cheater, etc. I think that is pretty common, actually. The parents created a lot of these monsters in their own image.

He’s not admitting to protect himself. Mine didn’t admit either so I did it for him. If he was in the same state as the cowhort, ie physically around, they were fucking. Mine didn’t admit it but when you are stopping by a single whore’s apartment in secret after work that’s admission enough for me. Circumstantial evidence is fine in court and it’s fine for me too. These losers know you aren’t going to catch them banging these whores 90% of the time, so that’s just ridiculous as a standard anyway.

JC
JC
6 years ago

My ex never admitted to me anything more than “inappropriate texts” and “kissing him” the night before I told her that we were getting divorced.

But, as CL points out, my wife went out of her way to make me feel insecure: she attacked me for being suspicious, she said I had trust issues, she took her phone off our joint plan so I couldn’t see her text number history, etc. Those were not the actions of someone who loved me and wanted an honest partnership, or cared about my emotional well being.

The entire time, I thought it was “only” an emotional affair, and my wife let me believe that.

Six months after our divorce was final, in an effort to legitimize her relationship with her AP, my ex wife finally admitted to physically cheating on me for the entirety of the time I suspected something.

But she didn’t admit this to me, nor to her OM’s wife…but to her friends and family. It was impression management: she’d “learned from her mistakes,” had “found true love,” etc. This allowed her to tee up moving in with him, and the getting pregnant with his baby…while he’s still legally married.

Cheaters only confess when it’s in their self interest to do so. Not from a desire to deal with their shitty character and reform. But from a desire to be seen in the best possible light given the circumstances. The world is theirs to manipulate!!!

Lucky
Lucky
6 years ago

It’s sure to be a Tuesday when you stop caring about what he thinks.

My marriage implosion was very public and dragged out over a number of years.

It boggles my mind to know how many people were aware of the affair, yet no one would admit it to my face. Their followers were many.

To this day he will not admit to the affair and I really do not care. I know my truth and that is the most important thing.

Once I started to go NC I could see things more clearly. I also realized I was much happier not trying to spackle over all the BS my X and Cocktwaddle were telling everyone.

Even if they never fucked ( yeah – right ) I would have still ended the marriage. There was nothing left to save.

Roberta
Roberta
6 years ago

These cheaters are ridiculous! They will NEVER admit anything if they feel they can worm thier way out of it. In deposition my cheater invoked his right not to incriminate himself when asked specific questions about his relationship with Schmoopie! It was downright laughable. And it only solidified his guilt, but Cheater thought he was the smartest guy in the room! Who the Hell does that in a divorce deposition? Did he really think the court would believe she was “just a friend” from Facebook??? It wouldn’t matter if you questioned him in front of God himself if he felt he could lie and avoid consequences. You obviously can no longer trust this POS or anything that comes out of that mouth of his. Let him go and live a better life without all the BS. Not worth your time!

Chump Princess
Chump Princess
6 years ago
Reply to  Roberta

@ Roberta,

Who does that in a divorce deposition? Apparently, more people than you realize because my EX certainly did. When asked to identify his and Madame Wildebeest’s (my sincere apologies to innocent Wildebeest everywhere) relationship, he stated that they were “friends.” My attorney had to ask him where he was living, who was paying the rent, was his name on the lease/mortgage, the places he had traveled and with whom and on and on to finally depict the actual nature of their relationship. Even though there were bank statements showing how many times he traveled to meet with her, what he spent, on what it was spent, he denied their relationship as being more than “friends.” When she asked him how many more women with whom he had affairs, he took the Fifth. There were several other questions on which he took the Fifth regarding how many women, how much money he spent, etc. He, too, thought he was the smartest person in the room. Each time he took the Fifth, my attorney laughed. A cheater is a liar and the truth ain’t in ’em.

QueenMother
QueenMother
6 years ago
Reply to  Chump Princess

Tell me please: can their credit cards and bank statements be depositioned? Can Madame Wildebeest be depositioned?

Chump Princess
Chump Princess
6 years ago
Reply to  QueenMother

@QueenMother,

I’m divorced and rid of Mr. Lying Liar who Can’t Stop Lying. He is currently married to Minister Wildebeest and almost completely under her thumb because she wields the purse strings. My attorney considered deposing her but because I live in a no-fault state, but decided instead simply to put her on the trial witness list as leverage. Ex kept delaying everything and we got copies of all of his financials as a matter of discovery. He lied through the entire deposition – and they were demonstrable lies. We had taken his deposition in case things had gone to trial because we knew he would lie at trial and wanted the deposition to impeach his testimony if need be. Even in a no fault state proving someone is lying can sometimes increase your settlement because some Judges don’t look kindly on lying to undercut your spouse’s share. You just hope to get one of those judges.

cashmere
cashmere
6 years ago

Actually, I give people who leave on the strength of circumstantial evidence and gut instinct a whole lot of credit. When I was in that spot, I stayed, questioned my own sanity, allowed him to undermine me endlessly, and generally fruitlessly spackled the hell out of everything. I am glad for the moment when he was truly caught red handed and had no choice but to confess, because that moment set me free, but I admire the strength of people who get themselves out while the gaslighting is going full blast.

In any case, even when we have them dead to rights, and even when they do cough up those forced confessions, the truths are only ever very partial and very temporary. My cheater “admits” to four affairs, one of which he claims was purely emotional, but I know that there were many, many more, particularly when every inappropriate interaction that he was at pains to hide is thrown into the mix. Meanwhile, he has been busy citing his deep unhappiness with me as entirely causal, the confessions, such as they are, have been minimized to “a number of mistakes were made,” and he actually calls himself a martyr, the victim, and a person who “only had four affairs,” quite as though that is within the acceptable range for a 28 year marriage. Only four! Gosh, how terribly silly of me to worry about anything that can be counted on one hand.

Anyway, a tip of the hat to all who leave in the “knowing but not knowing” phase. That takes strength and says wonderful things about your personal boundaries. None of us will ever really know the full extent of our cheaters’ lies and diabolical machinations. Mine, for instance, will forever maintain that he never spoke a single word against me, which is of course complete bullshit. The loneliness of losing friends and extended family to their image management lies is often acute, but the one thing I have always known is that I will never enter that horror again. This is terrible, that was worse, and was growing more horrible by the nanosecond. I hear tell that things get better over time, so I am sticking with that. Hey, maybe it is best that the sickest of the sick details will never be revealed. I don’t need further wounds or to run the risk of disappearing in the full scope of the stunning facts. I know enough. We all do. And so here we are.

Stacey
Stacey
6 years ago
Reply to  cashmere

I so wish I had just thrown him out when I found the phone records of all their texts. would have given me 2.5 years of healing. I whole heartedly agree with cashmere.

Beth
Beth
6 years ago
Reply to  cashmere

I agree Cashmere. The other thing I learned from my years on a partners of sex addicts support site is that even with a lie detector test, or a confession, chances are you’ve only heard part of the truth. For everything they confess, there’s virtually always scores of things still hidden. I saw that time and time again. When my ex admitted to having affairs with 8 to 10 strippers over a decade I automatically doubled that number in my head. Never tried to prove it and never asked him about it. It just wasn’t worth it. I already knew enough to know I needed to get out of the marriage.

Guest
Guest
6 years ago
Reply to  Beth

Yep. There was only one person who could tell me the full truth of the lies and cheating–and that was my ex, Mr. Dishonest.

When it’s a liar that holds the truth, all you can do is just trust your gut, and detach any meaning from the sounds that fall out of their lying mouths. It’s just noise.

cashmere
cashmere
6 years ago
Reply to  Beth

I do that mental editing too, Beth. If he says he had two drinks, probably more like 4-6. If he says he gave her few gifts, I assume it was many. He “confesses” to the four affairs I strongly suspected, but there were of course scores more.

JustAnotherStatistic
JustAnotherStatistic
6 years ago
Reply to  cashmere

I agree so much with your first paragraph. I so badly wanted to believe that my cheater still loved me, despite his total lack of effort to work on our marriage after he said out of the blue that he was “unhappy”, his constant texting, his staying late at work, his coworkers telling me and the husband of his boss that they were spending a suspicious amount of time together, etc. Solid evidence was heartbreaking, but it was also liberating because it was REAL.

ICanSeeTheMehComing!
ICanSeeTheMehComing!
6 years ago

Crazy Lady,

You are not alone.

TWO YEARS after Mr. Sparkles discarded me and our family for the OW, I came home from therapy needing “proof” that he was still the same lying, adultering, spineless fuckwit for HER that he was for ME.

It took me less than TWO MINUTES to go to one of his favorite personal ad web sites and find him through a profile search. TWO MINUTES.

Trust that your STBX sucks. Take whatever documents you have (and phone companies can produce “deleted” records for a court subpoena… same for a personal ad!)… and show the court. Courts love EVIDENCE… as and CL says in her book… even “bad” evidence is good in court.

He sucks. You don’t. Keep it simple and you’ll get to meh.

BeowulfSabrina
BeowulfSabrina
6 years ago

The level of denial and deceit is off the chart here. He denied there was an affair, pretended it didn’t happen AFTER he confessed, and then said I didn’t understand what he meant, but in the spirit of my dad who was an attny, I showed him PROOF wtth all the emails he wrote to me outlining in detail how/where/when he FELL IN LOVE and how she was his soulmate, so it was tough for him to come up with an angle that could fit in with his disordered mind, but he DID. He said, “that was then, this is now. why do you keep bringing up the past” Past, as in 2 months ago? Then the story changed to how he needed to be alone to go on a solo journey to find his own identity because I was too controlling, too boring, too this too that, too FAITHFUL, too moral, too monogamous. Divorce almost final. I have no idea how 26 years flew by and I never even knew this person who could betray me, devalue and discard me so cruelly. Mindblowing that he could lie about anything and everything and then turn it back to make everything my fault.

Butterbean
Butterbean
6 years ago

“When you expect disordered people to live by the norms of rational, caring humankind — you’re going to be bitterly disappointed.” CL

This is what I need to hammer into my brain. It also leaves you sort of half enraged under the surface all day when you crave that reciprocity. You want to shake them by the shoulders: Don’t you know what you have done???

I want him to *understand* what he has done.. I want to have a stomp down drag out where he sees the light and weeps with sorrow.

I need to let that foolish shit go! He understands very well…he does not give a red hot damn.

I have little tidbits that float in that demonstrate he understands with exactness. His niece snapped a photo of me, smiling at something funny someone said. She told me she offered to send it to Scuzzy. She reported back (she is not quick enough to lie) that he said:

“No, I don’t want to see it. She will never look at me that way again.” No sentimentality of having a photo of me. A memory of love. A memento of us.

Only…that smile (kibbles) will never be directed my way again….not interested.

Hopeful
Hopeful
6 years ago
Reply to  Butterbean

These people have an infinite capacity to reinvent history and spin a tale. The theme of that tale is that they are the hero, the long-suffering, the injured party. I’m no psychologist, just a student of human nature, but it is their coping mechanism. The are delusional and their lives are grounded in half and untruths. I really like what CL says, essentially stop looking through rose-colored glasses. See them for who they are, not who you thought they were or want them to be. Don’t look for these people to give you what you THINK you need. They won’t and you don’t need that validation from them. These are BAD people, who are fundamentally flawed, Always looking, never happy or satisfied with their lives. There always has to be something better, newer, more exciting….or so they think so. What a terrible way to live a life.

Everyone who writes in this blog and has experienced the pain of being discarded by someone they loved deeply and unconditionally is a survivor. Let’s take back OUR lives and let them waller in false happiness. Our happiness and the lessons we’ve learned on this journey will take us to new levels. To the survivors….God Bless, Bravo….here is to tomorrow and the next day and the next!

JustAnotherStatistic
JustAnotherStatistic
6 years ago

Wanting a confession is just another dream from the disappointing land of “If Only”. It doesn’t make things better.

A confession only solidifies a few of your suspicions. It then leads to more questions. You start to see even more questionable evidence and wonder if it’s related. It’s maddening.

I once posted on here that I felt bad that my cheater never expressed remorse to the point of wanting to come back, which bothered me, even though I would NEVER take him back, knowing what I know now. There’s just a part of me that wants to feel vindicated and wants him to realize his mistake. Someone responded to me and said that it’s terribly confusing when it happens and that I really wouldn’t want that after all. So, I keep that in mind when I think of that particular “If Only”. And I trust that he sucks. (Because he really, really does.)

What I love about this community is that we understand each other better than any of our family or friends do who aren’t chumps themselves. Cheaters are all the same, in different skin.

Mine, too, changes his story as it’s convenient for him. His Facebook profile still shows that we’re married. Before we separated last year, he visited a therapist individually. He said he’d agree to couples therapy, but the therapist wanted to meet me first. In my individual session with her, I heard all the lies he told her about our relationship. “He told you that???” If he can’t even be honest with a therapist, what’s the point? (Not to mention, the therapist essentially convinced me to “pick me dance” to get my husband interested in me again, despite him having told her that he was having an affair. *gag*) I learned later that his goal in going to this therapist in the first place was to “get the courage” to leave me. How fucked up is that??

Rethinking the lies makes me feel sick inside. I honestly don’t know how my ex lives with himself every day. It’s disgusting.

LovedaJackass
LovedaJackass
6 years ago

You think you are married to (or in my case, in a relationship with) a person like yourself. A person who takes vows and makes promises and means them, who follows through on commitment. A person who is hones and trustworthy. But what you have is a cheater; that, by definition, mean you have a liar.

Crazy Lady, you have a lot of evidence to support that something was going on. But more important, you have a conviction that during the affair he treated you “horribly.” You don’t need to catch someone cheating to file for divorce and get away from an abuser. You just have to determine that your spouse’s behavior is hurtful and abusive. Finally, where’s the remorse? There is not a scintilla of evidence that your STBX is sorry about the emotional pain he is putting your through, even today. He has never stepped up and said he lied about his whereabouts, has he? And you know he did. You can prove that. He has never stepped up and said what he was hiding when he deleted messages, has he? He’s never explained the condition of his underwear, has he? Or apologized for behavior that looks so much like an affair that you filed for divorce?

If my friend the Very Kind Man thought I was cheating, I would be mortified. I would first take a long look at my own behavior to see why he would think such a thing. Last week we got signals crossed and didn’t meet up as usual on Sundays. This is a super busy time of year for me, and he has had situations where he’s had to change plans, too. But he said something to me that made me see that the Sunday thing made him wonder if I was sort of downgrading the relationship. So I looked at both what I had been doing and at how I’ve felt about our arrangements in the past few months. And that is leading to some changes in how we interact and especially how well I stay in contact (my introvert side comes out big during Spring term). So no cheating but lots of thinking and some discussion about where we are and how to avoid hurting each other’s feelings. That’s how people who care about each other act.

The most important thing you can do, Crazy Lady, is to realize that gaslighting and mindfuckery produce the craziness you feel. That is why it is key to be NO CONTACT. You have to stop caring about what he thinks, what he tells you, what reality he spins, and most certainly what his mother who raised him thinks. Stop talking to these people! Set up scheduling software or dedicated email to talk kids-only matters and otherwise–stop talking and don’t listen. He had a chance to talk and he chose to gaslight you. Give your brain and emotional body a chance to detox from that gaslighting. Get on with the divorce. In my case, Jackass denied and denied and denied. He attacked me viciously for “accusing him” of having an affair. But I know what I know. I know when I saw the 2-person FB he made why he had been distancing and discarding me, why nothing made sense. In that moment, I knew. Whether they ever had actual sex, I don’t know for sure but I’d guess not. But he had unplugged his attention and time from what we had and abused me in the process. That’s all I need to know. You have the full story: your STBX was emotionally abusive, and like many guilty people from the kid who ate all the cookies to a serial killer, he denied and lawyered up.

Butterbean
Butterbean
6 years ago
Reply to  LovedaJackass

^^^
+100

“He had a chance to talk and he chose to gaslight you.”

Wormfree2017
Wormfree2017
6 years ago

Thanks to chumplady and ya’ll I documented, recorded, and took pictures.
So now when he tells lies about how I just decided after 26 years to run off with half of our savings……boo yah!

LovedaJackass
LovedaJackass
6 years ago
Reply to  Wormfree2017

Good for you.

Wormfree2017
Wormfree2017
6 years ago
Reply to  LovedaJackass

Thanks Lovedajackass! You lovely people inspired me to record him admitting to his affair!
Probably not admissible in a court of law, but it proves to people that I’m not the bat-shit crazy one. I also kept a diary, took pictures of his cell phone texts with his Pookie, took pictures of the letters and receipts that I found, pictures of the damage he did to the house, and the bruises he gave me. If nothing else when